Saturday 24 September 2016

An Taisce object to Hodson's Dublin hotel plan

Gordon Deegan

Published 28/06/2016 | 02:30

The proposed hotel on Dean Street near St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin
The proposed hotel on Dean Street near St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin

Plans by the family-owned Hodson Bay hotel group to expand into the booming Dublin hotel market have come up against objections from An Taisce.

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The heritage protection body lodged an appeal against Dublin City Council's decision to give the go-ahead to a new six-storey four star 263 bedroom hotel plan by the Hodson Bay Hotel Group in the Liberties near St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

The O'Sullivan family already operate the high-profile Hodson Bay hotel outside Athlone, along with the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone and the Galway Bay Hotel.

Planning documents lodged with the proposal state that the planned hotel "will ensure the regeneration of an under-utilised vacant urban site in the heart of the city, which has suffered from serious dereliction for many years and will serve as a counter-balance to Docklands and kick-start other developments in the surrounding area".

However, the hotel group's plans are being opposed by An Taisce who claim in their appeal to An Bord Pleánala that "in view of its excessive scale and bulk in relation to the historic medieval setting close to St Patrick's Cathedral, the proposal would be contrary to the provisions of the Dublin City Development Plan 2017".

A decision is due on the appeal in October this year.

Irish Independent

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