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Golfers take swing at new hotel plan

Thursday, 22 February 2018

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ROYAL Portrush Golf Club has expressed concerns over plans for a luxury hotel overlooking the world famous links.
In a letter to Causeway Coast and Glens planners, the club raised fears about the 60m resort's visual impact, the extent of residential development attached to the scheme and the threat of erosion from rainwater running off the site.
Plans for the Dunluce Resort and Spa were lodged in December.
The scheme, aimed at high-spending golfers, contains a 115 room five-star hotel, 48 apartments, restaurants, a pool, conference centre, spa, a ballroom, terraces and shops.
With the Open Championship just 18 months away, the club acknowledges the absence of a modern luxury resort in the area represents "a significant gap" in NI's golfing and tourism potential.
“The club wish to express in clear and unequivocal terms that it supports in principle, the development of a major hotel of this nature," states the letter.
However, it continues: "After careful reflection and consultation (the club) wishes to express a number of concerns about aspects of the current proposal."
Concern
The letter goes on to set out three areas of concern.
Firstly, its visual impact on the area of outstanding natural beauty and prominent site overlooking the most famous section of the Royal Portrush course. The letter suggests consideration should be given to the effect of a six-and-a-half storey building on views from a course which will be the focus of media attention in July 2019
“With the hosting of the Open Championship in 2019 and in future years, the course and its surroundings will be viewed by millions of people both in person and on television.
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