An Bord Pleanála Approves GAA's Plans For New Hotel Near Croke Park
An Bord Pleanála has approved plans by the GAA for a new hotel near Croke Park in Dublin.
Dublin City Council granted the GAA permission to proceed with the development of a seven storey, 200-bedroom hotel on the grounds of Clonliffe College, which is located close to Croke Park, last year, but, as reported by The Irish Times, An Bord Pleanála subsequently received two appeals against the council's decision.
Concerns Raised And Inspector's Recommendations
Concerns raised by the parties that appealed the council's decision reportedly included a concern about noise pollution caused by construction work on the proposed hotel and concerns about the proposed height of the proposed hotel.
However, An Bord Pleanála stated that the pattern, character and appearance of the proposed hotel constitutes an appropriate form of development for the location, and that, subject to compliance with a number of planning conditions, the proposed hotel will not seriously harm the amenities of the area or neighbouring properties.
An Bord Pleanála did not accept a recommendation by its inspector that one of the proposed hotel's proposed seven storeys should be omitted to reduce the effect of overshadowing on a nearby nursing home. An Bord Pleanála said that it does not believe that such a measure is necessary as a certain diminution of daylight and sunlight in an inner suburban setting is acceptable.
An Bord Pleanála's inspector recommended that the GAA be required to make a financial contribution of more than €757,000 to Dublin City Council towards the cost of associated public infrastructure.
Expected Hotel Operator
When the proposed hotel is complete, it is expected that Dalata Hotel Group will operate the venue under the group's Maldron brand.
Other Plans For The Site On Which The Proposed Hotel Will Be Developed
The GAA is also planning to develop a clubhouse and two pitches on the site on which the proposed hotel will be developed. At present, the site is used as a car park for Croke Park on days on which matches and concerts take place.
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