Green light for the renovation of the Glasson hotel but the “owner’s house” on site is refused

The Glasson Lakehouse Hotel.

A multi-million euro redesign of the Glasson Lakehouse Hotel has been approved by Westmeath County Council, but a proposal to build a five-bedroom “owner’s house” on the site has been rejected.

In a decision which was signed off on Monday this week, the local authority approved a wide range of redevelopment work at the hotel adjacent to Lough Ree.

Hotel developments that have been granted conditional retention or planning permission include the development of 24 “eco cabins” on stilts; a seven-bedroom hotel extension; a two-story gymnasium; and a new banquet hall and walk-in terrace.

In addition, a heated outdoor swimming pool of 12 meters; a new wooden prefab that will serve as the reception area for the golf club; and a 197 square meter “barbecue pavilion” were also approved, among other works, under certain conditions.

The hotel, formerly known as Glasson Country House Hotel and Golf Club, was purchased by developer Paddy McKillen Jr’s Oakmount Company in 2019.

As part of its urban planning offer, authorization was sought for a 5-bedroom, 428 m² “owner’s house” with terraces and glass roofs, and with access road, swimming pool, dedicated wastewater treatment plant and landscaping. associated landscape.

Council refused permission for the owner’s house, telling Glasson Golf and Country Club Ltd, care of Manahan Planners in Dublin, that the decision could be appealed to An Bord Pleanála within next four weeks.

* For more, see next week’s Westmeath Independent