Powerscourt Hotel To Build Staff Home

The Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa has received planning approval to build a new 56-bed staff accommodation complex to help it attract staff amid the current housing crisis.

Approval of the application, which can still be appealed to An Bord Pleánala and is subject to conditions, brings the proposed development for staff at the five-star hotel a step closer to fruition.

In the submission, planners for Powerscourt said it was “exasperated” by the current housing crisis and the availability of affordable housing near Powerscourt in Enniskerry, leading to difficulties in attracting prospective employees.

The issues had meant the hotel had turned its attention to recruiting from "close haul European markets" such as Spain and Greece, supplemented by people from Brazil and Ukraine. The document said these staff required accommodation to be provided, adding that staff shortages in the industry would be "prevalent for the medium to long term".

Planners for Powerscourt wrote that currently some hotel rooms are occupied by staff, which was lowering revenue.

According to the submission, the development will have 29 rooms and 56 beds, with each unit sized at 17.5 sq m. It will also include a common room and kitchen.

In a letter outlining the planning approval conditions, Wicklow County Council said that before development begins, Powerscourt must enter into a legal agreement that the complex shall be used for "short-term staff accommodation purposes" only.