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Minister advises against development at listed Adephi Hotel in Portrush

Minister Nichola Mallon has issued an opinion advising against the granting of planning permission for a three-storey extension to the Adelphi hotel in Portrush.
Seamus McKinney

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has advised against an application to build a major extension at a listed Portrush hotel on the grounds that it would harm the building’s “character”.

Causeway Coast and Glens Council planning committee supported an application by the Adelphi hotel to build an 18-bedroom three-story extension to the facility despite concerns from their own officials.

Ms Mallon used her legal power as minister to 'call-in' the decision. The call-in procedure allows a government department to give opinions and directions on decisions taken by local councils.

The hotel had sought planning permission and listed building consent for an existing 28-room development and eight-person lift. However, the Adelphi owners also applied for permission to build a new three-storey 18-room extension.

While the minister supported listed building consent and planning permission for the existing structure, she advised against the application for the new 18-room extension.

Mrs Mallon said: “I am satisfied that the previous planning history, the limited views of the lift shaft and roof, and their contribution that the existing 28 bedrooms makes to tourism development outweigh the relatively minor visual impacts of the proposal on the listed building.

“However, I consider the proposed three-storey extension would not be in keeping with the form and design of the listed building and would significantly harm its character and setting and the wider townscape of Portrush,” she said.

Notice of the minister’s “opinion” – which is open to appeal - will be issued to the North Coast council.

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