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Monday 20 November 2017

Hotel expansion under review despite planning win

Pat McCann dalata
Pat McCann dalata

Gordon Deegan

The Dalata Group has secured planning permission for a €36m expansion that would transform its Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport into one of the country's largest, but the group may not press ahead with the building project.

Last month, Fingal Co Council gave the group the go-ahead to add a 367-bedroom extension at the hotel that was formerly Bewley's Airport hotel close to Dublin Airport.

The extension represents a 78pc jump in bed capacity at the 466-bedroom hotel.

The plans were lodged by the Moran & Bewley Hotel group last year prior to the hotel being sold, along with eight others, to the Dalata Group in a €455m deal.

The planning submission stated that for the year to the end of September 20 last, the hotel was completely booked out on 148 nights.

The hotel told Fingal Co Council that in five out of the preceding 12 months, occupancy was in excess of 90pc.

The plans include a conference centre, swimming pool and gym. The proposal was designed to "shift the positioning of Bewley's hotel from an 'airport hotel' to a multi-faceted large scale hotel complex".

However, three local residents are appealing the planning decision to An Bord Pleanála, and the hotel's new owners, Dalata, are also reviewing the plan.

Yesterday, the chief executive of the Dalata Group, Pat McCann, was non-committal about the project, pointing out that the plans were lodged by the previous owners.

He said: "We have received the permission and will be assessing its potential as to what extent we may proceed with the plan."

Mr McCann said that review the process would take a couple of months.

Irish Independent

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