Stefan Lundstrom, general manager Strand hotel standing in front of the site where the extension is going to be built Picture: Adrian Butler
LIMERICK'S Strand Hotel has been given conditional permission by local planners to increase to over 200 rooms as part of a €3.5m upgrade.
Management at the Strand Hotel, at O’Callaghan Strand, applied for planning permission for a single storey extension of 67 square metres to accommodate the expansion.
The plans – which will also see 15 new jobs created – will see a new floor added to the north wing of the existing hotel.
It means the height of both sides of the hotel will be equalised, bringing its room count from 184 to 204.
Chairman of the economic committee, northside councillor Vivienne Crowley has welcomed the council’s green light, saying: “A lot of people are doing more business and you will now find in the middle of the week even all our hotels are fully booked, not just on the weekend.”
“The Strand Hotel is a wonderful spot. They have always treated their staff very well. They are an excellent employer,” she added.
Local residents objected to the development, citing fears over increased traffic activity.
“This will lead to a minimum of an additional 20 motor cars being parked overnight. They also need access to the site, further contributing to existing traffic congestion,” one said.
They added: “The existing eight storey structure at the Strand Hotel already has a glowering and shadowing presence both on the Ennis Road and on surrounding residences. No such structure was ever envisaged in this area prior to the Strand Hotel and not attempted because of its incongruity to the overall residential area.”
Council gave permission to the development, subject to nine conditions.
These include a ban on work outside the hours of 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday, Sundays or public holidays.