A LANDMARK Donegal hotel is to undergo a major refurbishment.
Planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of Sweeney’s Hotel on Main Street, Dungloe.
The hotel has been derelict for several years, but was sold in 2018.
Now, Donegal County Council has granted planning permission to Eighter Properties Ltd, who submitted an ambitious application.
Eighter Properties, c/o John McCay of Buncrana, sought permission to demolish the existing dilapidated ground floor and first floor accommodation to the rear of the main hotel building, namely function room, toilets, kitchen, outbuildings and bedrooms.
The company is to refurbish the existing main hotel building to provide bar and restaurant at ground level and three en-suit bedrooms at first and second floor levels.
The application includes the construction of a new two-story extension to the rear of the hotel to consist of a new reception area, kitsch, function room with associated facilities and 12 new en-suite bedrooms at first floor levels.
The existing canopy and porch at the front of the hotel, which is something of an iconic feature in Dungloe, will be replaced with a traditional cast iron frame canopy to include reinstated silage.
New car parking and associated site works are provided for in the application.
Conditional planning permission has been granted by Donegal County Council for the development.
The local authority has set down 17 conditions on the decision.
All external finishes are to be agreed with the Conservation Officer, electrical and telephone services will be underground, signage is to be in the Irish language only or, if bilingual signage is proposed, the Irish language shall be first and be of at least equal size and prominence to other languages.
The applicant is also to pay a contribution of €4,693.08 in respect of public infrastructure and facilities benefiting development in the area of the Planning Authority that is already provided or is intended will be provided by the Authority.
The Council also ask that adequate provision be made to facilitate access to and the use of the proposed development by disabled persons.Tags: