Apartment Development Put On Hold Due To Concerns About Gravity Bar Views

By Dave Simpson
Apartment Development Put On Hold Due To Concerns About Gravity Bar Views

Following Irish Tourism Industry Federation (ITIF) chief executive Eoghan O'Mara Walsh's assertion last month that a 13-storey apartment development proposed for the Liberities area of Dublin would adversely impact views from the Guinness Storehouse's Gravity Bar, Dublin City Council has put the development on hold.

The plans for the 13-storey apartment development were submitted for approval by Marlet Property Group in June.

Key To Continued Success

According to The Irish Independent, Diageo consultants told Dublin City Council, "Key to the continued success of the Storehouse are the views from the Gravity Bar, where the tour finishes.

"Diageo is keen to ensure that the proposed developments are cognisant of the impact the development may have on these views."

Revised Proposal Request

Dublin City Council has instructed Marlet subsidiary Atlas GP to submit a revised proposal that provides up-to-date information about how the development will impact the view to the west-southwest of the Gravity Bar.


Council Planner's Report

A report from the council's planner stated that while concerns about the proposed development's visual impact had been noted, "views from the Gravity Bar are not protected, and therefore any proposal which will be within the line of vision from this location should be considered on its own merits".

The report said that views to the west-southwest of the Gravity Bar were not considered to be "key views", but added, "Notwithstanding this consideration, it is considered appropriate that the applicant provide an accurate baseline upon which to fully assess the impact of the development on the wider area."

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