Following nearly four years of planning applications and appeals, An Bord Pleanála has upheld a decision by Waterford City and County Council and granted permission for an underground function room and associated works at The Haven Hotel of Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.
The new function room will replace the temporary marquee, and construction is planned to start in September/October 2023, with a scheduled opening in late spring 2024.
Statement By Owner And Manager Of The Haven
Paul Kelly, owner and manager of The Haven, stated, "We are absolutely thrilled with the news! It has been a long and stressful process but we are delighted we can finally start planning to start building in September/October 2023, with a scheduled opening in late spring 2024 - 60 years after my parents, Jean and the late John Kelly, first opened the doors.
"We cannot thank our thousands of supporters enough - without them; this wouldn't be happening.
"It is an excellent day for Dunmore East and the South East!
"We plan to be one of the biggest venues in the South East and these new facilities will bring scores of new jobs: during the building works; within the hotel; and in local businesses, through the increase in visitor numbers it will undoubtedly attract.
"It will also be a vital new facility for local groups and organisations. Dunmore East has exploded with new homes, but infrastructure and facilities have remained static.
"As a small community, Dunmore East relies heavily on the tourism trade and the jobs that come with it. As the temporary marquee facility has already done, it will help ensure year-round business to Dunmore East."
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