Royal Portush Golf Club, a world leading links course and who will host the 2019 Open Championship has objected against a proposed Luxury Hotel Resort incorporating conference facilities and spa, guest suites, apartments and villas, associated access, car parking, landscaping and ancillary development which would overlook the course and create up to 250 jobs for the area.
The name of the proposed hotel is called : The Dunluce Resort.
Royal Portrush Golf Club have objected on three matters which are :
- Design Sitting & Visual Impact
- Residential Development
- Storm Water Discharge
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this evening Maurice Bradley MLA said “Concerns have been raised by Royal Portrush Golf Club and I would share some of those concerns particularly those around increased storm water from such a development and the impact it may have on the environment and perhaps the course itself.
Portrush Golf Course is world famous and a leading player in the Golf Tourism market and are also keen supporters of inward investment in the area in anticipation of the Open Championship being hosted by the club in 2019.
The club are also unhappy about design, siting and visual impact, and residential development along with storm water concerns.
I would urge a meeting or meetings between the applicants Causeway Coast Developments Ltd, and Portrush Golf Club to see is there is a common ground which would allow the application to proceed.
I’m a great believer in talks and compromise, so perhaps a meeting of minds may be able to set at ease many of the concerns raised by Royal Portrush Golf Club in their objection to the application. However it is not just Royal Portrush Golf Club who have concerns, my office has been contacted in regards to overlooking and the siting of residential units as well.
I would hope for a solution as inward investment and job creation are vital for the tourist industry of which this area so heavily depends.”
The club in its objection said that as a major land owner in the area, that they consider it has a duty to ensure long term preservation and enhancement of the surrounding environment.
Those behind the proposal from Causeway Coast Developments Ltd hoped it will be ready by the time The Open golf championship returns to the course in 2019.