Plans for the for­mer La Touche ho­tel site

Bray People - - NEWS -

WHILE many of us have fond, if some­what hazy, mem­o­ries of 21sts in the ball­room and ‘pound a drink’ nights in the night­club, the La Touche Ho­tel is un­likely to ever be a hostelry ever again.

A site no­tice at the for­mer La Touche Ho­tel in­di­cates that plans are afoot to de­velop the site. Cllr Derek Mitchell spot­ted the no­tice this week and it is dated De­cem­ber 22. A company named on the no­tice as ‘Ka­vere La Touche’ has ap­plied for per­mis­sion to de­velop 26 houses of three and four sto­ries in the shell of the old ho­tel and 58 car spa­ces. The also in­tend to use the old bank for com­mer­cial pur­poses and to re­de­velop 1,000 me­tres squared of com­mer­cial space be­hind the frontages of two houses on Marine Ter­race. A pub­lic open space, seats, a play area and lawn will face the sea. Cllr Mitchell said that the one-time ho­tel is the most prom­i­nent build­ing in Grey­stones and he wel­comes move­ment on its de­vel­op­ment. ‘ The front and back walls of the old build­ing have preser­va­tion or­ders, but it has been a derelict eye­sore for over 10 years.’ The bank, used re­cently as a restau­rant, was the first pur­pose built bank build­ing in Ire­land, he added.

The build­ing be­came derelict after its clo­sure in 2004 and was plagued by a se­ries of fires. It was on the mar­ket for €15 mil­lion in 2009 how­ever sold by the re­ceiver for far less than that in re­cent years. In 2005 plan­ning per­mis­sion was pre­vi­ously granted on the site for 85 apart­ments as well as of­fices.

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