Plan for more than 50 apartments on site of former Sunnybank Inn in Bray hits early snag
A mostly vacant retail and office development on the Dublin Road in Bray, which was completed just before the economy crashed over a decade ago, could be transformed into a high-end apartment block of more than 50 units under new plans.
However, Wicklow County Council has had to reject the initial planning request after the developers left out vital information regarding the scale of the development – the exact number of apartments they wish to build.
Ravenhall on the junction of the Upper Dargle Road and Dublin Road in Bray, the site of the former Sunnybank Inn and Pickled Pig pub, was completed in 2008 and placed on the market in 2016 with a guide price of €2million.
The development is currently home to the Amphibian King footwear store and Everest Music – it is unknown if these businesses will be affected.
Now the owners, 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 complex specifically.
As part of the plans, the existing three-storey building would have to be granted a change of use from retail/commercial to residential by Wicklow County Council.
Bravenhall’s plans would see the existing building converted into apartments on the existing first, second and third floors, and the creation of 14 new apartments, seven on each floor of the proposed two-storey extension.
The developers are also looking to demolish an existing one-storey building and replace it with a six-storey building containing two-apartments on each floor.
Plans for the development however have hit an early snag after the council’s planning office requested more information on the planning request in regard the conversion of the existing three storey building and the exact number of expected apartments to be created there.