Permission refused for demolition of former Kildare hotel to make way for retail unit, cafe and 43 dwellings

Appeal turned down

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Permission for demolition of former Kildare hotel to make way for retail unit, cafe and 43 dwellings refused

File photo: Kilcock

The former Corscaddens Hotel on Church Street, Kilcock will not be demolished to make way for 43 dwellings, a cafe and retail unit.

The project, which had been initially turned down by Kildare County Council, was also refused permission from An Bord Pleanála late last month.

White Tide Developments Ltd wanted to knock down the existing hotel, outbuildings and stables and replace them with a new three storey building accommodating a retail unit, cafe and 43 homes incorporating duplex units, detached houses, townhouses and apartments.

An Bord Pleanála said the proposed development by reason of its layout and design, on a key town centre site adjacent to an Architectural Conservation Area (ACA) and to the Royal Canal, would be contrary to the Kilcock Local Area Plan, and would, therefore, be contrary to proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

"Having regard to the former Corscaddens hotel and accompanying rubble stone outbuilding, which is listed on the NIAH as a building of regional importance, its location and proximity to existing protected structures, and the Architectural Conservation Area, it is considered that these structures contribute positively to the historic character of the area, and that their
demolition has not been justified," it said.

"Furthermore, it is considered that the demolition of the structures would have a detrimental and irreversible impact
on the essential qualities of the character of the streetscape, would seriously injure the visual amenities of the area and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area."

In deciding not to accept it's own inspector's recommendation to grant permission, the board agreed with the views of Kildare County Council with regard to the objectives of the local area plan.

In their appeal, the developers pointed out the buildings are in such a state of disrepair there is no other option but to demolish them.

They contended the development is an infill urban site, which is town centre zoned and would significantly enhance the streetscape. They said the overall layout provides for a compact, efficient and sustainable form of housing which is
modest in scale, backland in nature and sits into an irregular shaped site.