Publican Charlie Chawke Seeks Permission To Develop New Dublin Hotel
Publican Charlie Chawke is seeking permission to construct a four-star 50-bedroom hotel and 290 apartments on land that is adjacent to his Goat pub in the south Dublin suburb of Goatstown.
Chawke's Charjon Investments Ltd firm has reportedly begun a formal consultation about the plans with An Bord Pleanála, and hopes to lodge "fast track" plans after a preliminary assessment of the proposal is carried out by the appeals board.
Rte.ie quotes Chawke as saying, "I am very excited about what is planned. Goatstown needs a hotel and needs accommodation."
Chawke added that he hopes that construction of the proposed developments can commence within the next year, saying, "I want it done in my lifetime. I want to give Goatstown a beautiful hotel and accommodation.
"This land is lying there, and it needs to be developed or else we will be in trouble with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council."
The "trouble" that Chawke mentioned is the council's power to place the site on the Vacant Site Register, which would mean that he would be required to pay a 7% annual site levy to the council if the site remains undeveloped.
If approved, the apartments will be constructed in four blocks.
Chawke also said that The Goat will be enhanced as part of the plans.
Pub Reopening Plans
Last week, Chawke revealed that, despite the rule that Irish pubs have to wait until August to reopen, he intends to reopen seven of his nine premises in June because said premises have restaurant licences. The Goat is one of those seven premises.
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