Bid to de­mol­ish La Touche with­drawn

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

AN ap­pli­ca­tion to de­mol­ish and repli­cate the for­mer La Touche Ho­tel has been with­drawn.

There is a valid per­mis­sion in place to con­vert the old build­ing into five ter­raced houses with 22 mod­ern houses built into the grounds. How­ever, Wick­low County Coun­cil awaits a con­ser­va­tion plan be­fore the de­vel­oper is per­mit­ted to pro­ceed with the project.

‘ The La Touche Ho­tel, the most prom­i­nent build­ing in Grey­stones, is a ter­ri­ble mess and get­ting worse re­cently,’ said Cllr Derek Mitchell.

‘ There have been so many plans for it over the years but it just keeps get­ting worse.

‘It is dan­ger­ous as it is easy for peo­ple to get in­side,’ said Cllr Mitchell. He said that fire dam­age has ren­dered the premises un­safe.

He has writ­ten to Dundalk-based Crim­son Lane Lim­ited ask­ing de­vel­op­ers to come to meet the lo­cal coun­cil­lors. ‘We are all keen to know what is hap­pen­ing and to in­sist on progress,’ said Cllr Mitchell.

The ap­pli­ca­tion to de­mol­ish the build­ing in its en­tirety and to build a replica of the fa­cade was made in Novem­ber.

The derelict build­ing has been a pro­tected struc­ture, and lat­erly a pro­tected build­ing within a con­ser­va­tion area.

The ap­pli­ca­tion sought the re­moval of the four-storey for­mer main La Touche Ho­tel build­ing in en­tirety and its re­place­ment with a replica build­ing with ‘gen­er­ally iden­ti­cal fa­cades’.

The plans in­clude 10 apart­ments, four of them two-bed­room, and six of them three-bed­room.

The pre­vi­ously granted ap­pli­ca­tion sought five four-bed­room four storey town houses within the re­tained shell of the build­ing.

Last July, own­ers cleared out some of the con­tents of the ho­tel, in­clud­ing fix­tures and fit­tings and car­pets, with their plan­ning per­mis­sion yet to kick in.

The plan­ning per­mis­sion that stands in­cludes the re­ten­tion of the older build­ing and

The own­ers have per­mis­sion to de­mol­ish ex­ten­sions and newer parts of the build­ing, with a num­ber of con­di­tions in­clud­ing a con­struc­tion man­age­ment plan.

An ap­pli­ca­tion lodged in Novem­ber to to­tally de­mol­ish the for­mer La Touche Ho­tel has been with­drawn.

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