Dublin aparthotel denied planning consent

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Ireland: Developer Esprit Investments has been denied planning permission for a 124- key aparthotel in south Dublin.

Esprit, which is owned by the Jones Engineering founder Eric Kinsella, applied to demolish a two-storey warehouse/office building at Grafton House in the Sandyford Business District to build the aparthotel of up to nine storeys.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown council refused permission on the grounds that the hotel would not “provide sufficient levels of residential amenity” in room sizes, open space and access to daylight. It also said the applicant had not “adequately demonstrated” that the project would not negatively affect nearby residential properties.

Esprit Investments may appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala. A spokeswoman declined to comment.

Kinsella and his wife Barbara recently announced a €30 million donation to Trinity College Dublin, the largest single philanthropic donation in Ireland's history. It will help fund a new campus in Dublin docklands.


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