Ap­pli­ca­tion for off-li­cence at the Strand Ho­tel

Wicklow People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

A PLAN­NING ap­pli­ca­tion for the Strand Ho­tel in Bray is seek­ing per­mis­sion to build on an off-li­cence at the prom­i­nent seaside prop­erty

The ap­pli­ca­tion was made by David Cao on March 7, with a de­ci­sion due on May 1.

The dead­line for sub­mis­sions to Wick­low County Coun­cil was close of busi­ness yes­ter­day (Tues­day, April 10).

The ap­pli­ca­tion is seek­ing a 14 square me­tre ground floor ex­ten­sion to the front of the build­ing, with pro­vi­sion for a new off-li­cence in the new ex­ten­sion and part of ex­ist­ing build­ing.

The ap­pli­ca­tion also seeks a new shop front with new en­trances serv­ing the new por­tion and ex­ist­ing lounge.

Cllr Steven Matthews has made a sub­mis­sion op­pos­ing the ad­di­tion of an off-li­cence at the Strand.

‘I think it would lead to an in­crease in drink­ing, lit­ter and pos­si­bly anti-so­cial be­hav­iour on our seafront,’ he said.

‘The Strand Ho­tel is a pro­tected struc­ture listed in the Bray Town De­vel­op­ment Plan,’ said Cllr Matthews in his sub­mis­sion to the coun­cil. ‘Any pro­posed de­vel­op­ment or al­ter­ation to this struc­ture must com­ply with the cur­rent town plan pol­icy.’

He be­lieves that the works ap­plied for would not be con­sis­tent with coun­cil pol­icy.

‘The de­vel­op­ment of an off-li­cence premises is un­nec­es­sary at this lo­ca­tion,’ he said. ‘There is am­ple op­por­tu­nity on Strand Road for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to avail of al­co­hol at li­censed premises, wine bars and restau­rants.’

He said that there are ‘four or five’ off-li­cences al­ready within walk­ing dis­tance at Ve­vay Road and Quins­boro Road.

The Strand closed in Jan­uary 2017 fol­low­ing its sale after the death of for­mer owner Gary Caf­fer­key. This ap­pli­ca­tion has been made by new own­ers. The premises is a for­mer res­i­dence of Os­car Wilde.

Michelle Man­nix and Eimear Fleming.

Michaela and Jamie Walker with Lucy Fitzger­ald en­joy­ing the free cup­cake dec­o­rat­ing at the Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre.

The Strand Ho­tel.

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