Saved! Plans to redevelop Wicklow Arms dramatically scaled down
Controversial plans which would have seen a landmark Wicklow pub and protected building change into offices and apartments have been shelved in favour of a scaled down development.
Under plans approved earlier this year, the 170-year-old protected structure – the Wicklow Arms Public House in Delgany would have underwent a huge transformation.
The developers James and O’Gorman had plans to transform the landmark building from a pub into a restaurant, offices, residential and retail units.
The initial plans would have seen 22 residential units built, 12 of these were three-bed houses, two were one-bed apartments and eight were two- bed apartments.
A revised plan was sent to Wicklow County Council recently which saw, in effect, all bar the 12 townhouses being removed from the plan.
The council has given the go-ahead to this new plan which will see the Wicklow Arms Public House remain in situ.
Built originally in 1858 as a coach house and then known as Newel’s Hotel from the 1880s, the Wicklow Arms is regarded as a historical landmark in the area and its original front section is a listed building.
Renowned for its food and cosy pub atmosphere, the Wicklow Arms is famous for attracting a glittering clientele down through the decades, including Liz Taylor (pictured) and Richard Burton when they stayed nearby during the filming of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold in 1963.
Since then the pub has attracted a host of music and movie stars – due to its location near to Ardmore Studios – such as Laurence Olivier, Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole.