An Bord Pleanála Approves Plans For Development Of New Hotel In Dublin
An Bord Pleanála has approved plans for the development of a nine-storey, 142-bedroom hotel at the corner of Capel Street and Strand Street Little in Dublin 1.
The news follows news from earlier this year that Ringline Investments had been refused planning permission to develop the proposed 142-bedroom hotel on the site, with one of the reasons given being an overconcentration of hotels in the area, as well as subsequent news that Ringline Investments was awaiting an appeal decision on its application for the proposed hotel.
Dublin City Council Decision
As reported by The Irish Times, Dublin City Council had said that the proposed hotel would “exacerbate” the overconcentration of hotels and fundamentally undermine the vision for the provision of a dynamic mix of uses within the Dublin city centre area.
The council reportedly pointed out that approximately 2,150 hotel rooms have been permitted in recent years within 350 metres of the proposed site of Ringline Investments' proposed hotel.
Input From Other Parties
The council’s decision was reportedly supported in a joint observation to An Bord Pleanála by Labour councillors Joe Costello, Declan Meenagh and Darragh Moriarty, who reportedly agreed with the council that there is an overconcentration of hotels at the expense of appropriate mixed-use developments.
An Taisce reportedly also raised concerns about the number of hotels in the area and the lack of residential development in a separate observation to An Bord Pleanála.
An Bord Pleanála Decision
However, An Bord Pleanála has reportedly now approved planning permission for the proposed hotel after concluding that it would constitute an acceptable quantum and density of development in the area.
An Bord Pleanála reportedly made its decision after inspector Stephen Ward said that he did not consider that the proposed hotel would lead to an excessive concentration of hotels in the area, and that the council's refusal decision did "not appear to be supported by any specific policy basis or an established density standard for hotels".
Ward reportedly also said that following the refusal of planning permission for Ringline Investments' proposed hotel, the council approved planning permission for two hotels on other sites in the Capel Street area and that these decisions had been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
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