Ap­peal lodged against Wex­ford town ho­tel

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

AN AP­PEAL has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala against the con­struc­tion of a ho­tel on a site at Wex­ford Bridge.

CoAnt En­ter­tain­ments Lim­ited, which is run by the Neville broth­ers Colm and An­thony, had re­ceived plan­ning per­mis­sion from Wex­ford County Coun­cil, ear­lier this month, for the Bridge Park Ho­tel, a mixed de­vel­op­ment in­cor­po­rat­ing a 135-room ho­tel, ground floor re­tail space, un­der­ground car park­ing, and nine res­i­den­tial units, with a sail-in­spired front fa­cade.

The per­mis­sion came on the back of an An Bord Pleanala de­ci­sion to up­hold a coun­cil grant for a new mu­sic venue at the old Metro 17 premises, which is also owned by the Nevilles.

How­ever, An Bord Pleanala has now re­ceived appeals against the de­ci­sion from two peo­ple who had made ob­ser­va­tions on the ini­tial plan.

John Mol­loy, with an ad­dress at Or­chard Close, Ard­ca­van ex­pressed con­cerns about the over­all scale of the build­ing, re­mark­ing that it would be the tallest build­ing in Wex­ford at eight storeys and he had ques­tions over evac­u­a­tion mea­sures in case of emer­gen­cies and, also, won­dered if the fire ser­vice could deal with a build­ing of that scale should they be re­quired to.

He pointed out that the site was at risk of flood­ing and ar­gued that an un­der­ground car park should not be placed in such a zone. He also voiced con­cerns about the cost to the pub­lic if such a fa­cil­ity were to flood. He raised fur­ther ques­tions about wa­ter proof­ing of the car park and the de-wa­ter­ing process when it came to con­struc­tion stage.

Act­ing on be­half of den­tal tech­ni­cian John White, of South Main Street, John Mullins and As­so­ci­ates Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers ex­pressed con­cerns about the de­mo­li­tion of Num­ber 84 North Main Street, point­ing out that it would re­sult in the de­struc­tion of a hab­it­able house, and ar­gu­ing that plan­ning per­mis­sion had not been sought or re­ceived for that.

He ar­gued that no pro­vi­sion had been made to pre­vent flood­ing of North Main Street through the open ac­cess that will re­place 84 North Main Street, and no pro­vi­sion had been made to pre­vent flood­ing in neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties, he added.

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