Dublin City Council Refuses Permission To Demolish Building That Houses Dublin's Washerwoman Restaurant
Dublin City Council has refused permission to demolish the building that houses Dublin's Washerwoman restaurant.
As reported by The Business Post, The Washerwoman's owner, hospitality businessman Brian Montague, was seeking permission to demolish the building in the Dublin suburb of Glasnevin that houses the restaurant as part of a planning application to develop the site of the building, which dates back to the 1700s, and an adjacent site.
Montague, who also owns Dublin restaurants The Winding Stair, The Woollen Mills and The Legal Eagle, reportedly wanted to replace the building that houses The Washerwoman with a new two-storey restaurant, apartment and childcare unit that would be part of a six-storey mixed use development that would also include 18 mainly one and two-bedroom apartments.
Dublin City Council's Decision
However, according to The Business Post, Dublin City Council refused to grant planning permission for the proposed development, saying that it would not provide appropriate residential amenity for residents due to its "poor quality" north facing open space of most of its apartments, the number of bedrooms facing blank walls and its lack of communal space.
The Business Post quotes Dublin City Council's planners as saying that due to the proposed development's "excessive height, bulk, massing, footprint and incongruous design", it would not integrate with or enhance the character of the streetscape.
Dublin City Council reportedly also said that the building, which is said to be a former blacksmith's residence and farmhouse, is one of the last surviving remnants of Glasnevin's early buildings and makes a positive contribution to the architectural, historical and cultural development of the Dublin suburb.
Dublin City Council's planning unit reportedly received more than 70 observations about the proposed development, the majority of which objected to the proposed demolition of the Washerwoman building.
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