Planners refuse Dublin aparthotel proposal

George Sell By George Sell
1 week ago | Updated 1 week ago

Ireland: Dublin City Council has refused planning consent for an eight-story aparthotel on the site of the Ashling Hotel.

Plans by Galway hoteliers, Kevin, Frank and Mary Flannery, which included 27 self-contained suites by the Flannerys' Foxfield Inns, involved the demolition of four vacant and semi-derelict buildings to make way for the large extension.

Planners concluded that the proposal does not justify the demolition of the buildings on the site, all of which are of streetscape value and which include No. 6 Parkgate Street, which appears in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH).

The council also ruled that the proposed new building, by reason of its scale and elevational treatment, does not contribute positively to its character and distinctiveness or protect and enhance the character and appearance of the area and its setting. The council stated: "The proposal would therefore be contrary to development plan provisions and to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area."

The city council refused planning permission after An Taisce objected, claiming that there is no justification for the demolition of the buildings.

According to Kevin Duff, of the Dublin City Association of An Taisce: "It is senseless to demolish existing, reusable historic building stock with so much dereliction and vacant, undeveloped sites along the Luas line."

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