Waterford developer applies to build boutique hotel and restaurant complex

A well-known Waterford developer has applied to council for a seven-storey boutique hotel and restaurant complex near Dungarvan town centre.

Michael Ryan’s request relates to two sites at Davitt’s Quay and Richard A Walsh Street which are separated by a public road.

The 0.1 acre site at Davitt’s Quay, adjacent to the municipal council offices, proposes to demolish an existing two-storey shopping complex and replace it with a seven-storey 40-bed hotel and reception area and lounges on the ground floor.

The application aims to build an Internet cafe on the ground floor and a restaurant and bar on the sixth floor, with terrace seating and balconies.

The site once included a greengrocer, internet cafe and offices.

The second section, just across Richard A Walsh Street, comprises a 22-acre site on which Mr Ryan plans to provide a 26-space car park, including two disabled parking spaces, to service the proposed hotel .

Mr Ryan also intends to construct a new boundary wall and railings along Richard A Walsh Street, as well as new vehicular access and new separate pedestrian access from Davitt’s Quay.

The application is the latest in a series of applications by Mr Ryan to build a hotel in the Davitt’s Quay area.

Earlier this year the developer, owner of the Al Eile Stud farm in Kilgobnet, applied for permission to build a nine-storey, 66-bed hotel on the site of the former Glanbia office complex, known as Bridge House.

The council ruled that the development would be “excessively overbearing” and that its scale, mass and height would constitute “gross overdevelopment”.

This app has also been criticized for not providing on-site parking.

Mr Ryan’s consultants argued a hotel would help meet increased demand generated by Waterford’s greenway, amid supply estimates for only around 200 guests at seven accommodation establishments in Dungarvan, including including its two hotels.

Mr Ryan then appealed the board’s rejection to An Bord Pleanála (ABP), but later withdrew his candidacy on September 7.

In 2019 the ABP rejected Mr Ryan’s appeal against Waterford Council’s refusal to allow a 10-storey apartment and leisure complex, including a swimming pool, to be built on the same site of Bridge House.

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