Wetherspoon's Dublin 'Super Pub' Facing Opposition
UK-based pub chain JD Wetherspoon's plans for a new €4m pub and hotel on Camden Street in Dublin has hit a stumbling block after local residents voiced their opposition.
Wetherspoon, which plans to open up to 30 new pubs in Ireland over the next five years, has a planning application on the site of a former homeless hostel at Camden Hall.
The Irish Independent reports that a number of objections have been lodged against the plan that also includes a 98-bedroom hotel at the site, with one local resident slamming the plans stating that "enough is enough."
Local resident Barry Chambers told the city council that "the area is at tipping point and already fast becoming another Temple Bar - great for revellers and operators but not so good for everyone else".
Other objections claimed that the establishment will create unacceptable levels of noise and night-time disturbance for residents.
In response, consultants for Wetherspoon have claimed the pub and hotel "will deliver a commercial development that will create vibrancy at street level and restore vitality to the surrounding area".
A decision is due next month.
In November, JD Wetherspoon successfully bid for a new property in Dublin, paying over three and a half times the guide price for its new acquisition. The site, a former church on Lower Abbey Street, has been used over the past decade as a rehearsal venue by the Abbey Theatre.
The pub chain currently operates five pubs across Ireland; one in Co. Cork and four in Dublin, including the Forty Foot in Dun Laoghaire
(* pictured is JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin)