Wetherspoons Gets Green Light For First Irish Hotel In Dublin
Dublin City Council has granted JD Wetherspoon permission to open a new €4 million bar and hotel on Camden Street despite concerns being raised by the council about the development back in March.
The premises, which was bought two years ago and was formerly a homeless hostel, will see it be converted into a 98-bedroom hotel with a bar and restaurant, resulting in the creation of up to 100 jobs, reports the Irish Times.
Local residents had previously voiced opposition to Wetherspoon's planning application, saying it would create unacceptable levels of noise and night-time disturbance for residents, with one local resident slamming the plans stating that "enough is enough". The Council said it had "concern in relation to the over-concentration of bars and restaurants on Camden Street" and as a result asked the pub-chain to provide more information on its plans for the establishment.
However, Wetherspoons has now been granted permission for its hotel, subject to 20 conditions, which include a ban on amplified music that could be heard from the street, a ban on using projecting signs as well as various internal changes to the houses.
Meanwhile, Wetherspoon's plan to open another pub on Lower Abbey Street, which would see it combine two buildings that date back to the 1830s, one of which is a protected structure, has raised concerns for Dublin City Council. The council has asked Wetherspoon for a revised plan in regards to the repair and conservation of the buildings and proposed alterations, saying it wants to "retain the classical proportions and understanding of its interior".