An Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead to the GAA for a seven-storey 200 bedroom hotel on the grounds of Clonliffe College located close to Croke Park in Dublin.
The appeals board has granted planning permission despite strong opposition by two objectors, Kate O'Hea and Margaret Gaughran, who last year appealed Dublin City Council’s decision to grant to An Bord Pleanala.
A number of local residents also made submissions to the board in support of the appeals made.
Stock market listed hotel group Dalata is to operate the hotel under the group’s Maldron brand.
The GAA purchased the 31.8 acre Clonliffe College for €95m where the hotel is to be built and since then, the GAA has sold on 19 acres to international property firm Hines for housing.
One of the objectors’ primary concerns was the scale and size of the hotel and this was acknowledged by the board inspector in the case, Paul Caprani, who stated the board might consider that the top floor be removed in the approved plan.
Mr Caprani stated that the construction of a seven-storey building onto Clonliffe Rd constitutes “a significant and profound departure from the prevailing height and scale of buildings along the road”.
He said the board might consider reducing the overall height of the development by at least one storey in order to reduce the impact of the building on residential amenity and also to ensure and that the building constitutes a less strident departure from the size of buildings along Clonliffe Rd.
However, in its formal order, the board did not adopt Mr Caprani’s recommendation to remove the top floor and the seven-storey scheme is to proceed.
The board concluded that the scheme would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity and would be acceptable in terms of urban design and surrounding residential amenity.
Mr Caprani recommended that planning permission be granted after concluding that the proposal would constitute an appropriate development at the site.
One of the appellants, Kate O’Hea argued that the proposed development is grossly out of scale with neighbouring properties.
Planning consultants for the operator of the family-run Shrewsbury House Nursing Home, Margaret Gaughran, claimed in the Gaughran appeal that the proposed hotel is totally inappropriate in the context of the existing style and scale of buildings along Clonliffe Rd.