An Taisce has appealed the recent planning decision by Dublin City Council to approve a new six-storey four-star 263 bedroom hotel in Dublin 8.
The Irish Examiner reports that Hodson Bay hotel group, which owns the Hodson Bay Hotel, Sheraton Athlone Hotel and Galway Bay Hotel, said in its planning admission that the site in the Coombe area of the city near St Patrick’s Cathedral, "represents an excellent opportunity to provide a substantial and much- needed new hotel in this part of the Liberties”.
However, An Taisce has appealed the planning decision to Bord Pleanála on the grounds that "in view of its excessive scale and bulk in relation to the historic medieval setting close to St Patrick’s Cathedral, the proposal would be contrary to the provisions of the Dublin City Development Plan 2017".
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An Taisce believes that the hotel would effectively be a seven-storey building within an essential three-storey landscape.
“Clearly, this is not in the interests of coherent planning and development," it stated.
A decision on whether to new hotel will get the final planning green light is now expected in October.