THE owner of the Courtyard Hotel in Leixlip has been granted planning permission to turn an off licence into a wine bar at the Main Street.
Amidst concerns by neighbours over noise Moriarty Investments Ltd, owned by Kerryman, Luke Moriarty, got the permission from Kildare County Council (KCC) on 20 August.
The company rejected KCC’s argument that the change required 34 extra car parking spaces and these are not required.
The Council did say, however, it would monitor the situation and could require them later.
It also imposed a requirement for €8,640 in development contributions.
The Council said it would monitor parking in the area.
Moriarity said it was in discussions with the Council over parking on another site in the town.
Its agents said the “applicants are currently in discussion with KCC with a view to bringing forward car parking on a site within the town centre, which will release for development other lands within the overall complex.” This is believed to be the former ESB site.
The Council has sought a noise study as part of conditions.
Duncarraig resident, David Molloy, told the Council in late May, that “despite” a Circuit court order on noise, following a case taken by him and others, they had to contact the hotel and the Gardai recently over noise.
A day after the application was granted, the company published another planning notice in this newspaper, this time for a 997sqm two storey extension over the basement, including a function room, linked to previous permissions from Bord Pleanala.
- Henry Bauress