June 15, 2021
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5-Star Kilkenny hotel to transform staff quarters into new guest accommodation

A 5-star Kilkenny hotel is looking to change approved planning it had previously received and amend it to develop a further 32 rooms to cater for extra guests.

In 2018 the owners of the Lyrath Estate Hotel on Kilkenny’s Carlow Road applied for permission to develop an accommodation block for staff, beside the main carpark of the estate.

Under these plans, Lyrath’s owners intended constructing a new building over floors, consisting of 16 bedrooms and four common areas for staff use only. This permission was granted by Kilkenny County Council in December 2018.

Less than six months later Lyrath returned to the local authority seeking amendments to the approved planning permission to develop an extra floor with 10 extra bedrooms, again for use as staff accommodation. This request was approved by the council.

The latest planning request is looking to add more rooms to the development. It is also seeking approval to use the new block for guests, as well as for staff accommodation.

On the application received by the council, the owners of Lyrath seek approval for: “Amendments to condition … to allow for the development to be used as both staff and hotel guest accommodation. An increase in number of bedrooms from 28 to 32.”

The Lyrath Estate currently has 139 bedrooms as well as an award-winning spa facility and a conference centre.

A decision on the amendments is expected from the local authority in early November.

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