PLANNING permission has been granted to Leighinmohr House Hotel for an extension their premises.
The established hotel on Leighinmohr Avenue applied for permission to extend the hotel in order to create 12 new bedrooms over two floors and additional kitchen facilities to the rear of the hotel.
Mid & East Antrim Council’s Planning Committee heard there were 12 objections from local residents naming issues surrounding sound, the scale of the project, odour, surface water flooding, ground contamination, light spill and increased traffic.
However planner Kyle Patterson told the meeting that there had been no objections from Transport NI, NI Water, The Rivers Agency and Mid and East Antrim Council, subject to conditions.
Mr Patterson also confirmed that this planning application had made significant changes to that of an initial submission last year. The modifications include the extension being reduced to two stories, as opposed to the original 2.5 stories.
Councillors were also told that the proposed extensions would respect the established character and appearance of the main building as well as that of the surrounding area.
Full planning permission was recommended to be approved by the planning officers.
Addressing Councillors, the owner of the hotel, Adrian Fullan said: “Along with my business partner we purchased the hotel five years ago. We now have 40 full time staff and 45 part time employees. We provide £1m in wages to the local borough.”
Mr Fullan also said that the wedding business of the hotel had grown and they now need more space as their business was increasing.
DUP Councillor Beth Adger propsed that permission would be granted, which was seconded by fellow DUP Councillor Audrey Wales, who said: “This is really in line with our tourism objectives, and it will be good to offer 12 more bedrooms to tourists to the area.”
Permission was unanimously agreed.