Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tullamore Casino Complex Proposal Gets Second Rejection


A proposal for the construction of a casino complex next to an existing hotel in the Irish town of Tullamore received another blow earlier this week. An Bord Plean├íla, an independent, quasi-judicial body, rejected an appeal by the developer behind the project to allow its realization. The plan was previously dismissed by the Offaly County Council.
The ambitious project was brought forward by local businessman Patrick Leneghan last November. Mr. Leneghan is a prominent hotelier in the region and the owner of the Bridge House Hotel in the heart of Tullamore. The hotel owner proposed to expand his existing business in the town by building a hotel and casino complex right next to the aforementioned property.
The Offaly County Council turned down the proposal earlier this year, arguing that the complex’s “excessive scale” would impact adversely the existing “visual amenities” located in its immediate proximity. Mr. Leneghan’s plan included “the conservation and redevelopment” of the nearby Malt Kiln and Malt house. The structures are designated as protected and are considered crucial elements to the town center’s streetscape.
In its ruling from earlier this week, An Bord Plean├íla backed the County Council’s decision, ruling that the project with its massiveness would affect negatively and materially the protected structures, and that with its height and scale it would not match the general pattern of the area. The quasi-judicial body further voiced concerns that the plan lacked adequate parking proposalsthat would mitigate the increased traffic the potential construction of the complex would cause.

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