Planning permission for Castleblayney hostel is overturned

Permission for a hostel in Castleblayney has been refused because it would offer a “poor standard” of accommodation.

An Bord Pleanala found the development on Main Street would go against the County Development Plan.

In February, Monaghan County Council granted Pat Lenihan permission to change the use of the vacant take-away, restaurant and living space to hostel accommodation on the first and second floor of the three storey building.

A case was brought before An Bord Pleanala on behalf of Dermot Tavey, who owns the Conabury Inn beside the property, and the lands to the north of the site.

He had six grounds for appeal, which included issues with the original application and ownership of the property, the impact it would have on the town and his adjoining property, as well as inadequate space for recreation and that other hostels in the town had failed.

The appeal was upheld as the planning inspector decided the proposed hostel would provide a “poor standard of visitor accommodation”, which is in conflict with Monaghan County Council’s objective to facilitate the provision of quality visitor accommodation facilities.