€250m tourism plan for Boyne Valley

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      €250m tourism plan for Boyne Valley
      Treasury Holdings for a €250 million development in the Boyne Valley, including tourism facilities and housing, were outlined yesterday to councillors in Co Louth.

      Dermot Dwyer of Treasury Holdings told councillors it wanted to develop “an integrated tourism-driven site” which would bring together the elements needed “to make the Boyne Valley not just a day visitor attraction but somewhere people would stay”.

      Treasury Holdings is also the developer of a planned national conference centre in Spencer Dock, Dublin.

      The development outlined yesterday would be located on a site adjacent to the M1 interchange at the Boyne cable bridge in Co Louth.

      The project, on a 70-acre site spread over four pockets of land in Tullyallen, includes:

      • holiday cottages in addition to 368 houses and apartments;

      • a 3,000-sq m visitor centre;

      • a mini-landscape of the Boyne Valley;

      • a design centre focusing on the Boyne Valley;

      • a four-star hotel and spa;

      • designer gardens, an activity centre and botanic gardens.

      A landmark attraction such as a tethered balloon on the site which would rise to 150m and provide a bird’s eye view of the Boyne Valley is also proposed.

      Outlining the details to councillors yesterday, Ralph Bingham of Murray O’Laoire architects said it would be similar to the €200 million development by Treasury Holdings of the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel at Powerscourt in Co Wicklow.

      A planning application for 368 houses, which forms the first phase of the mixed-use development, is to be lodged in the coming weeks.

      The houses would be on a single site to the east of the cable bridge.

      Asked by Cllr Jimmy Mulroy (FF) if there was any guarantee “that once you have built the 368 houses” the rest of the plans would proceed in light of the current economic climate, Mr Dwyer replied: “There is no guarantee.”

      However, he said from a developers’ perspective “housing development is not what Treasury Holdings does; we are not speculative housing developers, we deal with large sites with mixed integrated uses. There is no guarantee it is part of a master plan.”

      He said the Boyne Valley site was one of a number of large sites the company was involved with in Ireland, and it took “a long-term view”.

      He said it had been involved in the site since 1999, but the area was not zoned for development until 2004. The project was a joint venture with the landowner.”

      Very interesting development, it be interesting to see the landscape and architecture of site.

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      Paul Clerkin

      Really sounds like an excuse to generate more sprawl. It’s not like the valley is remote and people cannot return to “civilisation” after visiting it.

    • #804022

      i puzzled over that headline too.

    • #804023

      I think the addition of nearly 400 bungalows would actually put me off visiting the place, do we have somthing against unspoilt scenery in this country? If we are not careful tourists will go and visit places like north wales or the Yorksire dales instead of coming here.

    • #804024

      I doubt if the plan will ever be allowed to go ahead. The NRA have had a recent habit of objecting to proposed developments in the area. Besides, the location is extremely high in archaeological potential, so that could wind up being very expensive too.

    • #804025

      The first phase of the “masterplan” for housing and apartments on the east side of the motorway has been lodged with Louth Co Co. by Treasurry Holdings under the front Company Drocarne Ltd.

      It contains very revealing information on what the further development on the west side of the motorway is to be, including an Avoca type outlet on the scale of the one in Powerscourt Co Wicklow. This reveals what it is all about, capturing car bourne trade.

      The real game is to extend developmet sprawl to the wast of the motorway dressed up as tourism and recreational use.

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