Abbey Cottages has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála against Dublin City Council's decision to deny the company permission to increase the size of a proposed hostel for the capital's Upper Abbey Street.
Abbey Cottages is seeking permission to add two additional floors to the plans for the proposed hostel. This would bring the venue's floor count to 11 and increase its room count from 127 to 151, allowing the hostel to accommodate up to 634 guests.
The changes to the original plans by Abbey Cottages also include a revised number of basement levels and the replacement of first floor bedrooms with dining facilities.
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However, according to The Irish Times, Dublin City Council stated, "The proposed increase would result in the development appearing overbearing and monolithic when viewed from Abbey Cottages".
In response, Abbey Cottages asserted that its plans are "respectful of its context and tight brownfield site while offering a commercially viable building to meet the brief and demand for affordable hostel rooms to young travellers in this part of Dublin."
A decision on the appeal is expected to be made by March 19 of 2020.
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