Glamping trip: Hitch to plans for holiday development in county Wicklow Town
Plans to create a unique and innovative tourist development in a county Wicklow town have hit sang over the classification of the actual development.
Businessman Joseph Germaine had hoped to build what he called 44 glamping lodges on a prominent site in the centre of Baltinglass. In the application to Wicklow County Council last month it was said the development would be used as a holiday base.
Wicklow County Council have since raised concerns over the terminology used to describe the development and have deemed the application invalid.
In their correspondence with Mr Germaine, council planners said: “The description of the development is incorrect in the application.”
Mr Germaine requested permission to create a holiday base with a visitor centre, café and events venue and 44 new glamping lodges in the site of the former Byrne’s Grocery Store on the town’s Main Street. The building would have to be demolished to make way for the venture.
However, responding to the application the local authority said: “It is considered that the use of the term glamping is incorrect as this term refers to glamourous camping, whereas the structures proposed are holiday lodges.
“The development is considered to more readily referred to as a holiday/tourism development as opposed to holiday base.
“The description should therefore refer to the development of a tourism/holiday development consisting of a visitor centre building, barn refurbishment, 44 no. holiday lodges, café and events building,” the council said.
Due to these differences in terminology on the initial planning request, the local authority has deemed the application invalid.
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