Saturday 10 December 2016

Council tells companies that planned hotel development too tall for Dublin city area

Gordon Deegan

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

The successful Radisson Blu hotel on Golden Lane in central Dublin
The successful Radisson Blu hotel on Golden Lane in central Dublin

Dublin City Council has given an emphatic 'no' to two separate hotel developers seeking to build new tall hotels near Dublin Castle.

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The council has asked the two hoteliers to go back to the drawing board and significantly reduce the height of the planned hotels that are proposed to deliver an additional 239 new rooms for the capital.

In May, the firm that owns the four-star Radisson Blu hotel off South Great George's Street and owned by Galway-based developers the Rhatigan Group, lodged plans to add a 10-storey extension that includes 103 additional bedrooms.

The Golden Lane hotel has been posting strong profits in recent years and is now looking to capitalise on the capital's booming hotel business.

The development is to involve an eight-storey over two-storey basement extension that will bring the total number of rooms to 255. But Dublin City Council planners have told the applicants, Luxor Investments Ltd, that it "has serious concerns regarding the height, scale, proximity and impact of the proposed hotel extensions".

In its additional information request, the council has requested Luxor to address its concern by significantly reducing the height in the plans.

Similarly, in response to plans by Wave Point Ltd for a new four-star seven-storey hotel in close proximity to both the Radisson hotel and Dublin Castle, the council has requested the firm to reduce the height of the overall height of the proposed development.

The council told Wave Point Ltd that the overall height and design of the 136-bedroomed structure is considered to be wholly unacceptable on the site, adjacent to Dublin Castle.

In its request for additional information, the council told Wave Point that the proposal "is overly dominant and incongruous".

Businessman Eamon Waters, from Navan, Co Meath, is listed as a director of Wave Point. Luxor Investments is opposing the plan. In an objection lodged by McGill Planning on behalf of Luxor Investments against the Wave Point plan, it states that "this is unacceptable and constitutes un-coordinated and haphazard development of the city block."

Luxor said the Wave Point plan as currently designed compromises part of its own plan. Luxor stated that it supports the principle of redevelopment at the Wave Point site, but stated that the current plan should be redesigned and subject of a new planning application.

In response, Wave Point lodged a submission on the Luxor plan, pointing out that it has been required to reduce the height of its hotel plan by the council.

Wave Point stated that given the proximity of the sites, it requested that similar considerations are taken into account in the assessment of the Luxor planning application.

Irish Independent

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