Plans For Hotel, Spa And Golf Lodge In Portrush, Co. Antrim, Reportedly Likely To Be Approved
Plans for a luxury hotel, spa and golf lodge that would overlook Royal Portrush Golf Club in Co. Antrim are reportedly likely to be approved by Causeway Coast and Glens Boroough Council's planning committee.
According to The Irish News, the planning application for the proposed hotel, which would include a spa facility, car parking, landscaping, access, and ancillary development at 109 Dunluce Road, Portrush, has been recommended for approval by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council planning officers.
Developers reportedly previously pulled the planning application for a proposed £30 million hotel overlooking Royal Portrush Golf Club, following "community feedback".
According to The Irish News, the proposed hotel has been described as "a small luxury golf lodge/hotel" that would 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 would be "in a discreet setting which can be a gated to offer exclusivity and a high degree of privacy".
According to The Irish News, letters of support for the planning application for the proposed hotel have been received from the Ireland Golf Tour Operator Association, The Bushmills Trust, Ian Paisley MP, Mr. G. Campbell MLA and from golfer Darren Clarke of International Sports Management Limited.
Five letters of objections and a petition reportedly have also been received in relation to the planning application for the proposed hotel.
The Irish News quotes Clarke as saying, "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.
"I believe that it would be of an enormous benefit to the surrounding area and businesses if visitors were able to stay for a night or two, rather than just a few hours."
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