More time has been given to the Glen Oaks Hotel in Galway City to complete a substantial extension and renovation project.
An Extension of Duration to planning permission granted in 2016 was approved unconditionally by the city council.
The full project consists of building a single storey extension with a floor space of 56m², which would add a new common room and dining room.
A first and second floor extension over an existing flat-roof area will provide eight new en-suite bedrooms.
The unused attic space currently in the hotel will be converted to six new en-suite bedrooms, a linen room and storage areas.
Internal renovations will include providing new staff toilets and changing area in the existing basement.
While the ground floor bar, restaurant and staff area are being converted to 13 new guest bedrooms.
To the rear of the hotel, an enclosed yard will be created, and two fire escape stairwells are to be extended up to the attic.
The EOD application stated that substantial works have been carried out to date, including building the rear single storey extension, and “extensive internal works” providing additional bedrooms.
The main extension remaining has not been built yet, with a “substantial element” of the project delayed due to COVID.
The developer expects that work will be completed by the end of 2024. The city council granted a five year extension of the planning permission to February 2027.