Anger at Dublin hotel plans

Plans for a multi-million euro hotel off Dublin’s O’Connell St has run into strong opposition.

Anger at Dublin hotel plans

This follows An Taisce and the The Save Moore Street Committee lodging planning appeals against Dublin City Council’s decision to give the go-ahead to Kendlebell Midwest Ltd to construct the seven-storey 112-room hotel on Moore Lane and Moore St.

The council gave the plan the go-ahead last month after the planner said the proposal respects the visual context and would not have any adverse impacts on the O’Connell Street Architectural Conservation Area, nor detract from city centre zoning objectives “to reinforce, strengthen, and protect the the civic design character and dignity of the central area”.

The planner stated that the proposed building would be in accordance with the Dublin City Development Plan.

However, the proposed development — which seeks to take advantage of the upswing in the Dublin hotel market — has been thrown into question by the appeals lodged.

The chair of the Save Moore Street Committee, Michael Barry has stated that the site in question is situated in an area described as the most important site in modern Irish history.

In its appeal, An Taisce said: “Proposed seven-storey height is excessive. The appropriate response for a new building on this site is a step-down between the Jury’s Inn adjoining to the west and Conway’s pub adjoining to the east — ie a five- to six-storey height.

“The development, as permitted by the Planning Authority, would have serious adverse effect on the setting of the important 18th century Georgian square Parnell Square and would be contrary to the current City Development Plan provisions for Protected Structures, the Architectural Conservation Area and Conservation Area, the site’s land-use zoning, transitional-zoned areas and views within the city.

“In order to accord with proper planning and sustainable development, it is recommended that the elevational design of the proposed building be revised to provide for a more appropriate solid-to-void ratio responding to the architecture of Parnell Square, and a revised building height should provide for a transition in scale between the Jury’s Hotel and Conway’s pub in order to preserve and enhance the scale, setting and amenities of Parnell Square and the area”.

A decision is due on the appeal later this year.

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