Developer’s plans for new apartments in Bray knocked for second time in a month as numbers don’t add up
Wicklow County Council has had to send back plans for a large apartment project to the developers for a second-time because the figures in the submission did not add up.
For the second in less than a month, developers Bravehall Ltd lodged an application with Wicklow County Council to redevelop the site of the former Sunnybank Inn and Pickled Pig pub in Bray into a 54-unit apartment block.
On this latest occasion, this sought planning permission for 60 apartments on the Ravenhall site on the Upper Dargle Road and Dublin Road in Bray. However, their architects only had 54 apartments listed in their plans.
In deeming the application invalid, Wicklow County Council told Bravenhall Ltd: “In this instance, the description of the development in the public notices does not match the drawings. The public notices seeks permission for a total of 60 units, however the drawings only propose 54 units.”
At present Ravenhall is a mostly vacant retail and office development but has two notable tenants in Amphibian King footwear store and Everest Music. The current complex was completed just before the economy crashed over a decade ago.
Ravenhall sits on the site of the former Sunnybank Inn and Pickled Pig pub and was completed in 2008. It was placed on the market in 2016 with a guide price of €2 million.
As part of the application, Bravehall Ltd are looking to completely transform the building by demolishing part of the existing structure, adding two new floors on top of the current structure, and turning it into an apartment specific complex.
The existing three-storey building would have to be granted a change of use from retail/commercial to residential by Wicklow County Council.
The current structure would be converted into apartments on the existing first, second and third floors, with the creation of 14 new apartments, seven on each floor of the proposed two-storey extension.
The developers are also seeking to demolish an existing one-storey building and replace it with a six-storey building containing two-apartments on each floor.
In the initial planning application lodged on March 31, Bravenhall Ltd forgot to include the exact number of apartments to be created within the existing Ravenhall Structure and the council deemed that application invalid.