The managing director of the Bush Hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon has been refused planning permission to create a one-bedroom apartment beside the premises.
Leitrim County Council claims it would be inadequate and objects to the conversion of a retail unit to create the home.
In April, Joe Dolan asked Leitrim County Council to allow him to change the use of a retail unit, and part of another one, in a courtyard behind Bush House.
This is adjacent to the hotel.
The planning application states the proposed 68-square-metre apartment isn’t intended to be used for short-term lets, but as permanent residence for the occupier.
It says Dolan has been unable to let the space for a number of years, noting it’s in a location with little or no footfall.
However, this week the council has refused permission.
It says the apartment would be substandard, with a lack of residential amenity and privacy, noting it’s overshadowed by other buildings.
It also claims the change of use would create an unfortunate precedent for the future conversion of adjoining commercial units within the courtyard.
Dolan can appeal against the decision to An Bord Pleanála.