The owner of Blarney Castle in Cork, has failed to halt plans for a 120-bed nursing home and housing development two kilometres away.
Charles Colthurst last year put the plan by Hydro Estates Ltd on hold after lodging an appeal against the Cork County Council decision to give the project the go-ahead. However, An Bord Pleanála has now given the green light to Hydro Estates Ltd for the nursing home and 23 of the 29 planned houses at St Ann's Hill, Kilnamucky, Tower, Blarney.
The appeals board omitted six homes from the permission "in the interest of visual amenity and having regard to the landscape character of the site".
The board gave the project the go-ahead after ruling that the proposal "would not adversely affect the character and setting of the protected structure or archaeological sites on the site".
Planning consultants acting for Mr Colthurst, McCutcheon Halley, claimed that the proposed development "will have a significant negative visual impact" on Blarney Castle. The nursing home is to be built on the site of the former St Ann's Hydropathic Establishment.