Rising costs hit plans for new hotel in city’s westend

Galway Daily news Council refuses to extend planning for Galway City hotel

Plans for a new hotel in the westend of Galway City have been severely delayed by rising construction and energy costs.

Carroll’s Inn, the popular bar on Dominick Street, received approval from the city council back in 2018 for a hotel with a bar and restaurant.

They have now submitted an Extension of Duration application to the city council, to extend the lifespan of the planning permission.

The development will involve demolishing a building to the rear of No. 39 Dominick Street to build a four storey extension to the rear of multiple buildings on the street.

The project also involves significant renovations to 39, and 41 – 43 Dominick street which are protected structures, and would make up part of the hotel.

However, construction has yet to begin on the new hotel, with the developer citing the COVID pandemic, which shut down construction, and rising costs since then.

“Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and now the rising costs of construction and energy, the build will need to be postponed based on feasibility at the moment,” the EOD application states.

The current planning permission expires on January 19, and the developer is seeking a five year extension of it.

A decision on the planning application is due from Galway City Council by February 14.

Both the city council and An Bord Pleanála rejected an application to add an additional floor to the planned hotel back in 2019.

The larger building would be highly visually obtrusive, An Bord Pleanála said, and detract from the architectural heritage of the area.