Planning permission for the construction of two semi-detached houses at The Mill, Coolmore House, Thomastown has been granted by Kilkenny County Council.
The council has approved plans by Cycad Investments (Ireland) Ltd for the demolition of a partially built house of 240sqm and the construction of two semi-detached two-storey houses of 192sqm each.
A report submitted with the application states that “due to the unsightly condition, scale, location and design of mill house number 2, it is proposed that the structure is demolished, retaining all of the natural stone and materials for re-use.”
“It would be more appropriate to remove the building and construct two semi-detached two-storey cottages on the footprint of the original mill house number 3 to conserve the traditional mill house type layout of a courtyard setting surrounded by the natural landscape,” the application states.
The proposed cottages are each to consist of a large entrance hall, kitchen, utility/cloaks, lounge and reception room at ground floor with two bedrooms, one being en suite, and a bathroom at first-floor level. The proposed use of the cottages is for guest accommodation ancillary to the main house, either for guests or staff of Coolmore House, according to the application.
“Bedroom accommodation in Coolmore House itself is limited to a total of five bedrooms and therefore additional accommodation for either live-in staff or house guests will be required when the renovation of the main house is complete. The use therefore is solely limited to the enjoyment of the use of Coolmore itself.”
It is therefore a condition of the planning permission that “the proposed two semi-detached houses shall be for private use ancillary to the main house (Coolmore House) and shall not be sold or let separate to the main house.”
Coolmore House was bought by charity boss Niall Mellon for €6.25 million in 2004. In 2010 the house was put on the market with an asking price of €3.75 million.