An Bord Pleanála Refuses Permission To Proceed With Plans To Construct Hotel, Apartment And Commercial Development In South Dublin Suburb Of Goatstown
An Bord Pleanála has refused permission to proceed with plans to construct a hotel, apartment and commercial development on a site in the south Dublin suburb of Goatstown.
It was reported last year that publican Charlie Chawke was seeking permission to construct a 50-bedroom hotel and 290 apartments on land that is adjacent to his Goat pub in Goatstown, and subsequently reported in May of this that a number of objections had been raised to plans.
Now, as reported by rte.ie, An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission to Chawke's Charjon Investments Ltd's proposal due to widespread opposition to the plan in the local area.
An Bord Pleanála reportedly concluded that the proposed development would be a visually dominant and over-bearing development when viewed from the public realm, and that this would seriously injure the area's amenities.
An Bord Pleanála reportedly found that the proposed development would fail to successfully integrate into the existing character of the area at both town and streetscape level, considering its design strategy and the visual prominence of its proposed site.
An Bord Pleanála reportedly stated that this is due partly to the topography of the site and partly due to its location at a key junction, and reportedly found that the plans for the proposed eight storey developed are contrary to the urban development and building height guidelines for planning authorities.
An Bord Pleanála reportedly upheld the recommendation of its senior planning inspector, Rónán O'Connor, to refuse planning permission for the proposed development.
An Bord Pleanála reportedly received 148 objections to the proposed development.
According to The Irish Times, Chawke said that his site in Goatstown on which he wants to construct the proposed development "has to be built on as it can't stay like it is with donkeys and goats on it".
The Irish Times quotes Chawke as saying that he is disappointed by An Bord Pleanála's decision to refuse planning permission for the proposed development and that the proposed development "would be a lovely legacy to leave to Goatstown".
The Irish Times quotes Chawke as saying, "I have invested all my savings in it. Every bob I had is gone into it."
Chawke reportedly said, "When I saw everyone around getting planning for eight and nine storeys and so on I couldn't understand how I couldn't get planning for four, five and eight storeys.
"There is no point in crying about it. We weren't right obviously with the planning application."
Chawke reportedly said that he has not yet met the design team to discusss the decision and that he "will have to have a good long think now and see what we do".
Chawke reportedly said, "It is what it is, and that’s it, and we have to take it on the chin and move on, but we are not finished."
Chawke reportedly also said, "I have gotten enough knocks all over life not to let this get me down."
Cause For Optimism
According to The Irish Times, planning consultant on the scheme Tom Phillips said that there is cause for optimism that Chawke could develop the site, based on An Bord Pleanála's inspector's report.
The Irish Times quotes Phillips as saying, "There is a lot of positivity in the inspector's report, and he went through a lot of the criticisms by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the objectors, and he dismissed a lot of the objections."
Phillips reportedly said that the proposed site for the proposed development "is still a developable site. It ticks every other box."
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