Portballintrae 21 bed boutique hotel given green light

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The North Coast could soon have a new hotel after the Causeway Coast and Glens Planning Committee granted permission to Seymour Sweeney’s application for a 21 bed boutique hotel at Bayhead Road, Portballintrae.

The proposed hotel, which could be situated close to the existing Sweeney’s Wine Bar, will be a two storey building with basement.

It is proposed that the 21 bedrooms will be split across the three floors.

There is an entrance lobby, restaurant and bar area, and lounge area at ground floor level, and a kitchen and other general service areas located within the basement.

The second floor is bedrooms only.

Concerns had been raised that part of the building would impinge upon the privacy of local residents.

However these concerns were allayed by planners who said that any of the ‘overlooking’ windows were ensuite windows made from opaque glass .

Within the application are the conditions that access to the beach is retained, the harbour porpoises are protected and that hotel terrace is closed between the hours of 11pm and 7am.

Councillor Sam Cole told trhe Planning meeting at Cloonavin: “It states in the application that the right of way running north/south through the western edge of the site adjacent to the boundary wall is not a public right of way.

“Who advised that this wasn’t a right of way?”

Planning officer Shane Mathers replied: “We were advised by Council Countryside Access officer Mark Strong on January 22nd that this is not a public right of way after it was leased by Coleraine Borough Council to Mr and Mrs Sweeney.”

Ten members supported the application for approval which had been recommended by planners.