In a bid to obtain planning permission for a new 283-bedroom apart-hotel on the site of Dublin's Tivoli Theatre, its owner has proposed adding a new "performance space" to the development.

According to The Sunday Times, planning consultants working for Anthony Byrne have told Dublin city council the development in Dublin 8 would include a new public area, Tivoli Square, that would double as an “occasional” outdoor cinema and venue for performances.

In January, Byrne applied for planning permission to demolish the Tivoli Theatre and replace it with a six-storey, 298-bedroom aparthotel.

Byrne has reportedly written to the council stating the development will operate the proposed new indoor venue as a cultural facility into the future.