Sunday 24 September 2017

Bord overturns refusal for D4 hotel revamp

DONAL BUCKLEY Commercial Property Editor

Bord Plealana has overturned Dublin City Council's refusal of permission for a major extension to a Dublin 4 hotel. The Bord also rejected its own inspector's advice as well as the landlord's objections. Despite securing approval and the recent upturn in the Dublin hotel market, the leaseholder of the Hampton Hotel formerly known as Sachs, is not expected to proceed with the building work for three years.

A four-star boutique-style hotel, The Hampton is held on a lease by Genport Ltd, whose directors include Philip Smyth and Gene Kavanagh. Mr Smyth also has interests in the Westwood leisure centre in Leopardstown as well as Hotel Central in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Last April Dublin City Council refused permission to Genport for the 5,650sqm, two-storey extension, which would include a new function room, a restaurant and almost double the number of bedrooms by adding 20.

Consent

The council's reasons for refusal included the absence of an owners' letter of consent for the development. The owner is Crofter Ltd.

Last week Bord Pleanala's inspector recommended that the Bord refuse permission for Genport's extension. However, he did not include the absence of the owner's consent as a reason for refusal.

Instead he cited traffic safety hazards on an access lane as well as overlooking and loss of privacy for neighbours, that it would be contrary to the current development plan and proper and sustainable development of the area."

He also considered the scale and height "would seriously injure the visual amenities and the architectural and historical interest of the area".

However, the Bord rejected the inspector's comments and said that the development could go ahead subject to certain changes. These included the removal of one bedroom to make way for a larger yard and the widening of the lane to the rear of the site.

Irish Independent

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