Thursday 26 April 2018

Company poised for strike-off applies to build 149-bed hotel

John Mulligan

A company poised to be struck off the register has applied for fresh planning permission to level a leisure complex in Dublin and build a 149-bedroom hotel on the site.

Wellington General Partner, controlled by developer Frank Gormley, which was listed for strike-off by the Companies Office last November, has re-applied for permission to South Dublin County Council to raze the existing Spawell centre in Templeogue and to construct the hotel and separate leisure centre that will include a swimming pool. Other planned facilities including a new driving range on the site.

Mr Gormley, who founded Howard Holdings but sold his 30pc stake in the business in 2006 for an estimated €500m, now chairs Howard Eurocape, which specialises in construction projects in South Africa as well as Ireland.

Mr Gormley wasn't contactable for comment yesterday, but Grainne Hollywood, Eurocape's managing director, said the application was being made as existing permission for the exact same re-development is due to expire in August.

She said that strike-off status for Wellington General Partner arose because of overdue filings and that the position would be rectified in coming weeks.

Even if a company is dissolved, any existing planning permission it has been granted remains valid as it is extant on a site, rather than dependent on the legal status of its owner.

The planning application for a hotel on the Spawell site comes as a raft of hotels around the country face going out of business as tourist numbers decline.

Ms Hollywood said there were no immediate plans to proceed with the re-development.

Irish Independent

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