JD Wetherspoon Dublin plans face fresh hurdle

A resident has lodged an appeal against Dublin City Council’s approval for British pub chain JD Wetherspoon’s plan for a new superpub on Camden Street; telling Bord Pleanála permission would represent “an unwelcome milestone”.

Resident Barry Chambers’ appeal is based on the high number of pubs already in the Camden Street/ Wexford Street area and said approval would be “an unwelcome milestone in the current trend to completely alcoholise Camden Street.”

JD Wetherspoon plans to build a €4m superpub comprising a 98-room hotel on the street.

In his appeal to Bord Pleanála, Mr Chambers said its addition would be “seriously detrimental to the residential amenity and character of the area”.

He said that “anti-social behaviour, ranging from the benign to the very serious, which goes hand-in-hand with the drinking culture has already, regrettably, started to change the character of the area for the worse. The introduction of a superpub selling cheap alcohol into the melting pot does not bear thinking.”

He said the area is densely populated with young families and “it is sincerely hoped that we do not go further down the Temple Bar route — an area that has been blighted by the over-concentration of pubs and late night drinking”.

JD Wetherspoon has also appealed a condition contained in the council’s permission that excludes a courtyard area.

In the appeal, the company said that its plan provides for adequate protection of residential amenity, saying that the level of noise from the development would be negligible in the context of city living.


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