An Bord Pleanála has approved plans from investment firm Kouchin for a new six-storey, 71 bedroom hotel in the Dublin suburb of Donnybrook.
The plans, which were submitted for approval early last year, were met with objections from local residents and councillors, some of whom claimed the hotel would be "over-dominant" in Donnybrook village, while some also said it would be "out of proportion to and out of character with the surrounding built environment of Donnybrook".
"An Appropriate And Welcome Addition"
However, a senior planning inspector from An Bord Pleanála disagreed with the objections. The Irish Independent quotes the inspector as having said that the proposed hotel would be "an appropriate and welcome addition to the streetscape views".
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The inspector added, "It is not accepted that the proposed development would give rise to noise disturbance that would significantly adversely affect the residential amenities of properties in the vicinity.
"The proposed development would not seriously injure the visual amenities and character of Donnybrook village, the residential amenities of adjoining properties or the integrity of historic properties within the residential conservation area in the vicinity."
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