An Bord Pleanála has put the brakes on plans to develop an aparthotel next to Dublin's Ashling Hotel.
As reported by The Irish Independent, the plans, which would involve the demolition of four semi-derelict buildings adjacent to the existing Ashling Hotel to make way for the construction of a new nine-storey aparthotel, were previously rejected by Dublin City Council on the grounds that the proposed aparthotel would not "protect or enhance the character and appearance of the area and its setting", while An Taisce also objected to the plans, asserting that the buildings being eyed for demolition are historic.
In Contravention Of Provisions
Despite an inspector for An Bord Pleanála stating that "the social value" of the four buildings being eyed for demolition is not "of such strength to warrant their retention", the board has sided with Dublin City Council, saying the proposed aparthotel would be in contravention of provisions for proper planning and sustainable development in the area.
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