Plans For Hotel, Spa And Gold Lodge In Portrush, Co. Antrim, Approved
Plans for a luxury hotel, spa and golf lodge that would overlook Royal Portrush Golf Club in Co. Antrim have been approved by Causeway Coast and Glens Boroough Council's planning committee.
The committee's approval of the plans follows a report from earlier this month that the plans were likely to go be green lit.
The planning application is for a hotel that includes a spa facility, car parking, landscaping, access, and ancillary development at 109 Dunluce Road, Portrush.
"A Substantial Capital Investment"
According to The Belfast Telegraph, members of the planning committee were told that the proposed hotel represents "a substantial capital investment", and an officer stated, "Figures submitted anticipate an annual total tourism spend arising from the development is expected to generate between £8.7 million and £9.8 million. A total of 44 full-time equivalent jobs are anticipated including direct, indirect and induced jobs."
Proposed Hotel Details
The proposed hotel has been described as "a small luxury golf lodge/hotel" that will consist of a three-storey main lodge building with a reception, dining and bar areas, golf bag store and seven guest accommodation suites.
The plans for the proposed hotel reportedly include two-storey courtyard guest accommodation suites that would be located to the rear of the main lodge, which would include 20 suites.
The plans reportedly also include a two-storey annex building with eight suites and a one-storey health spa building, and state that the main lodge building would be traditional in nature with a hipped roof, and bay dormer windows.
The proposed hotel reportedly will be "in a discreet setting which can be a gated to offer exclusivity and a high degree of privacy".
Letter Of Support
The Belfast Telegraph quotes Darren Clarke of International Sports Management Limited as saying in a letter in support of the application, "As a resident of Portrush and long-time member of Royal Portrush Golf Club, I was proud to be associated with the return of The 148th Open to Northern Ireland in 2019. With the media and television interest, Northern Ireland was firmly placed on the world map for golf.
"There is a great need for five-star accommodation in the area to satisfy the requirements of the high-end US golfers, who at present often return to Belfast rather than staying in the north coast."
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