Sunday 4 December 2016

Planning board give the green light to €16m boutique hotel in Dublin

Gordon Deegan

Published 27/08/2016 | 02:30

An artist’s impression of the new hotel, behind the former Clerys department store in the capital
An artist’s impression of the new hotel, behind the former Clerys department store in the capital

An Bord Pleanála has approved plans for a new-seven storey €16m boutique hotel in the capital.

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In giving Tetrarch Capital the go-ahead for the 158-bedroom hotel behind the former Clerys department store, the appeals board dismissed appeals lodged against the City Council permission by An Taisce and one of the best known names in the hotel industry, Wynn's hotel.

The plan involves Tetrarch firm Sagrada converting Sackville House into the new hotel. Tetrarch Capital owns several hotels including the Marker hotel in Dublin and the Powerscourt Hotel in Co Wicklow.

The hotel is slated to open in early to mid-2018 and will go some way towards addressing the hotel room shortfall in Dublin. The project will involve the creation of 150 jobs and Dublin City Council initially gave the plan the go-ahead after its planner stated that the hotel will introduce a vibrancy to an inner city street in need of regeneration and have a positive impact on the surrounding area.

In its appeal against the council's decision, Wynn's Hotel claimed that the permitted hotel "illustrates a lack of ambition for the site and for the city, including O'Connell Street".

In its appeal, An Taisce said the height of the development was excessive and its design was inappropriate for its Marlborough Street location.

CIE objected to the planning application before the City Council but did not appeal the council decision.

But the board said that the hotel would not seriously injure the area's amenities or adversely impact its architectural heritage.

Irish Independent

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