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Blarney Castle Estate Partnership already has permission to challenge proposed hotel 
The High Court has given the go-ahead to the operators of Blarney Castle to bring a challenge over a primary care health centre near the Cork tourist attraction. 
The Blarney Castle Estate Partnership, comprising Sir Charles Colthurst and Flintcroft Ltd, had previously been given permission by the court to challenge permission for a hotel and residential development on the former Blarney Park Hotel site, which is 200m from the attraction. 
On Wednesday Ms Niamh Hyland granted the partnership leave to bring a second challenge, deemed a second challenge by the partnership, to the primary care centre, which will adjoin the commercial/residential development. 
The case is against An Bord Pleanála, with the developers of the primary care centre, JAW Asset Holdings Ltd, a notice party. 
The developers in the first case – including an 80-bedroom hotel and 70 residential units at St Ann’s Road Monacnapa, Blarney, Co Cork – are the Irish Conference and Leisure Holdings Ltd. 
Central to the partnership’s claims in both challenges are that the developments would detract from the character of the castle and Blarney town centre. 
They would also undermine the sustainable development of the area by harming its status as a major tourist attraction, it is claimed. 
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