Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said he strongly welcomes the decision by Tipperary County Council to grant planning permission for a new 114-bedroom hotel on the site of the former Clonmel Arms Hotel. Deputy McGrath was speaking after the developers were finally given the go-ahead following detailed requirements from An Taisce that the original site design be revisited:
“This is excellent news for Clonmel and the broader regeneration of the town centre. We can only hope at this stage that bodies like An Taisce have had their strict requirements satisfied and they will not return at a later point to throw a further spanner in the works.
In its heyday, the old Clonmel Arms Hotel was a fantastic, centrally located resource for the town.
I have no doubt that the new development will be just as popular and beneficial for the entire town centre area.
Clonmel has had to wait 14 years before this redevelopment eventually got off the ground.
That is far too long. It is also one of the main reasons why work on bringing the site to life and creating much needed employment has to happen as a matter of urgency.
As I say, the last thing we need are bodies like An Taisce or An Bord Pleanala coming back and asking for some relatively minor point to be addressed, especially given the lengthy delays this would cause.
We have gone through an exhaustive re-evaluation and design process. It is time now to get the work done,” concluded Deputy McGrath.