Hanratty Holdings is seeking planning permission from Cork County Council to build a development at the Eccles Hotel in Glengarriff, Co Cork which is a protected structure. The company is proposing a four-storey block of 21 apartments attached to the eastern end of the hotel. This will involve the demolition of 24 hotel bedrooms and a bar at ground floor level. There is also a proposal to convert and change the use of the single storey at the rear of the hotel from a function room to a leisure centre.
In 1997 a proposal by Glengarriff Demesne Ltd to build the first four houses of a proposed holiday village in woodland behind the Eccles Hotel was refused planning permission by An Bord Pleanála on foot of an appeal by An Taisce. The board's planning inspector said at the time that there was also a "basic and inherent conflict" between protection of the woodland and the holiday home zoning.
The Irish Times