Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The redevelopment of the old Healy’s Hotel in Pontoon has been given the green light.

The landmark premises has been closed since 2011 after a fire broke out in the building.

Mayo Co Council previously granted planning permission for the demolition of the existing building and the construction of a new two-storey building boasting 14 bedrooms and bar/restaurant facilities. However, the local authority decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The appellant, a Dublin resident, made a submission to An Bord Pleanála accompanied by historical references, photographs and other images. The appeal cited concerns over the impact of the development on the architectural heritage of the existing buildings.

The appeal also raised concerns about the visual impact of the project and stated the design is not appropriate for the picturesque lakeside location. Other matters highlighted included bats roosting in the building and lack of public transport.

However, An Bord Pleanála has dismissed the appeal and granted planning permission to Pontoon Angler’s Hotel Ltd. The company is owned by businessmen Michael Cusack and John Reddington. The development has been given the green light subject to 17 conditions.

“Having regard to the nature, scale, design, layout and location of the proposed development, the pattern of development in the vicinity and the existing development on site, it is considered that, subject to compliance with the conditions set out, the proposed development would not have a significant impact on architectural heritage, would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity, would not be contrary to objectives of the Development Plan, would not lead to a risk of flooding of lands outside the subject site and would provide for sustainable management of flood risk,” stated the An Bord Pleanála inspector. “Furthermore, the proposed development would not be likely to cause a deterioration in the quality of waters in the area, would not be prejudicial to public health, would not result in unacceptable residual impacts on the ecological environment and would be acceptable in terms of traffic safety and convenience.

The proposed development would, therefore, be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area,” An Bord Pleanála concluded.

Healy’s Hotel in Pontoon (on right) in the early 1900s around the time that Padraig Pearse visited the famous premises and signed his name in the guestbook. Planning approval has been granted for the redevelopment of the hotel. Picture: Wynne Collection

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By Keith Bourke
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