A Dingle hotel has secured approval to construct a major extension.
The Skellig Hotel had sought permission to construct a part 3 and part 4-storey extension to the existing hotel in Emlagh West, Dingle, consisting of an additional 32 new bedrooms, aesthetic redevelopment and the construction of a new car park.
Kerry County Council had granted planning permission to the hotel owners, subject to 11 conditions earlier this year.
However, the application was appealed to An Bord Pleanála by local residents, Jonathan and Michael T. Moriarty and Ricky & Dawn Keane.
An Bord Pleanála rejected their appeals.
However, the authority refused permission for construction of a new car park, ruling it would be conspicuous when viewed from local vantage points and it would be seriously injurious to the visual amenities of public routes.
The board did say the proposed development would represent a significant visual improvement to the existing hotel and would enhance the surrounding environment.
It also ruled any additional traffic generated by the new development can be accommodated on the existing road network in the area.