Wednesday 18 October 2017

Germany's ambassador says 'nein' to city hotel

German ambassador Matthias Hopfner.
German ambassador Matthias Hopfner.

Gordon Deegan

The German ambassador to Ireland, Matthias Hopfner, has objected to the scale of a 53-bedroom hotel planned for central Dublin.

In April, Paddy McKillen Jnr, through his Dale Vision Ltd, lodged plans to construct the hotel and demolish the existing well-known Howl at the Moon nightclub at Lower Mount Street in the city.

Mr McKillen's Press Up Entertainment group bought the building last February for a reported €3.2m and planning permissiom was granted for the hotel in May.

However, in a rare move into the Irish planning arena, Mr Hopfner is appealing, in his official role as German ambassador, the City Council decision and is one of a number of parties to appeal against the decision.

Mr Hopfner's concerns arise from the impact the new hotel will have on the adjoining German government-owned Goethe Institute.

The German cultural institute is part of a global network of centres that promotes the study of the language.

Mr Hopfner has hired planning consultants Sheridan Woods to lodge an appeal.

In the appeal the consultants have requested that An Bord Pleanála accept that "the development represents over-development" and that it should be reviewed and modified to lessen the negative impact it has on the adjoining protected structures.

The appeal stressed that Mr Hopfner "has no issue with the redevelopment of the site nor the proposed use. Our client's issue relates to the extent of development, its scale and form and its impact on the protected structure at No 37 and its impact on the context and setting on the proposed extension to No 37 Merrion Square."

A decision is due on the appeal in October.

Irish Independent

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