Tower Hotel plans for major extension in historic heart of Waterford rejected
Waterford’s Tower Hotel has been refused permission to demolish a number of buildings in the historic heart of the city to make way for new rooms and a conference centre.
In July the hotel was granted planning by Waterford City and County Council to demolish four buildings on Lombard Street and number 36 The Mall to allow for the construction of a a major extension to house the conference centre and up to 60 new bedrooms.
However, the planning decision was subsequently appealed by Waterford businesswoman Monica Leech.
An Bord Pleanála upheld the appeal. It ruled the hotel “failed to demonstrate that exceptional circumstances exist that would justify the demolition of the protected structures on the site”.
The planning authority also said the development would “seriously injure the visual amenities” of the area.
It added that the proposed extension would be “incongruous in terms of its design and scale, which would be out of character with the streetscape … and would set an undesirable precedent for future development in this area”.