Dublin aparthotel refused planning permission

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Ireland: Plans for an aparthotel on the site of Dublin’s Tivoli theatre have been turned down.

Dublin city council has ruled that the height of the proposed six-storey development on the site of the existing theatre on Francis Street would contravene the height recommendation contained in the local area plan.

City planners said the design of the 283-bed aparthotel in the heart of the Liberties neighbourhood also contravened the council's policy that new buildings had to relate to the height of existing buildings.

The council statement said: "The development by virtue of its height, proximity to boundary and the number of windows on that boundary would have an overbearing and overlooking impact on the adjacent properties many of which are protected structures. The development would therefore depreciate the value and seriously injure the amenities of property in the vicinity."

Developer Anthony Byrne, who has owned the Tivoli since 1987, is expected to consider an appeal against the decision. The planning appeals authority previously granted permission for the demotion of the Tivoli in 2005 to make way for a mixed-use development including 130 apartments, which never went ahead.

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