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Close To 700 Objections Lodged Against Plans For Nine-Storey Hotel In Dublin

Published on Nov 11 2021 12:28 PM in Hotel tagged: Trending Posts / The Cobblestone / Marron Estates / McCutcheon Halley

Close To 700 Objections Lodged Against Plans For Nine-Storey Hotel In Dublin

Close to 700 objections have been lodged against plans to build a nine-storey hotel over and adjacent to The Cobblestone pub in Smithfield area of Dublin.

The news follows last month's news that objections have been lodged against plans by Marron Estates for a 114-bedroom hotel at King Street, and that documents lodged with the planning application state that The Cobblestone pub, which is a protected structure, would be retained as part of the scheme.

As reported by The Irish Times, Dublin City Council has confirmed that 688 third-party submissions have been registered and said that the final figure will be higher.

The closing date for submissions was reportedly Thursday November 4, but a number reportedly have not yet been formally registered by the council’s planning department.

The scale of the opposition reportedly makes The Cobblestone plan the most contentious Irish planning application in recent times.

Objections

The development applications unit of the Department of Housing said reportedly said in a four-page submission that "it does not favour the development" for a number of reasons, describing the plan to "overbuild" the hotel on The Cobblestone as "undesirable".

The unit reportedly said, "Whilst the repair and retention of the cultural use of the Cobblestone would be welcome due to its poor condition, the radical manner of over-building may be regarded as diminishing the significance of the place and the integrity of its setting as an acclaimed cultural venue in the city,", and, "The removal of part of The Cobblestone venue and its overall amalgamation and structural integration into a larger hotel use will likely detract from the intimacy and context of the historic structure as a traditional musical venue."

The submission reportedly outlined the development applications unit's concerns that the cultural aspect of The Cobblestone might not survive. The pub is reportedly a popular venue for traditional Irish music. The watchdog reportedly also said that the scheme's design "would establish inappropriate planning precedent or approach for built heritage in the city".

Those objecting to the scheme reportedly include founding member of The Stunning and The Walls Steve Wall, and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, People Before Profit/Solidarity TD Richard Boyd Barrett and Green MEP Ciaran Cuffe have reportedly also registered their objections to the proposal.

Wall reportedly said in his submission, "The Cobblestone is unique. It's one of the last few pubs in Dublin to hear traditional music and to experience Irish culture. Traditional music in a pub is exactly the sort of experience that most tourists coming to Ireland seek out. Not a hotel bar. The proposal to engulf it into a hotel will destroy it."

Wall reportedly said that The Cobblestone "has been an integral part of Smithfield, and musicians travel to it from all over Dublin...It must be saved."

McDonald reportedly said in her objection that The Cobblestone is "an iconic building" and that the current proposal would "be destructive as it is grossly overdeveloped in terms of height and scale".

Planning Report Lodged On Behalf Of The Applicants

However, a planning report lodged by McCutcheon Halley on behalf of the applicants reportedly said that the scheme had been designed to respond sensitively to the existing protected structures and would incorporate and adapt these buildings for new use, therefore creating new modern elements that respect the site's heritage.

McCutcheon Halley reportedly said that the scheme would "create a vibrant and attractive landmark building".

Decision Due This Month

A decision is reportedly due later this month.

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