Wednesday 18 October 2017

Go-ahead for Rhatigan city centre plan

Construction work to begin before the end of the year at Golden Lane
Construction work to begin before the end of the year at Golden Lane

Gordon Deegan

Galway's Rhatigan Group has received its second boost in recent days following the group securing planning permission for a new six storey mixed use development in Dublin.

It's located near to the group's Radisson Blu hotel at Golden Lane where last week it obtained planning for a €35m extension to the hotel. An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead to the mixed use plan after dismissing an appeal against the development by An Taisce.

The proposal involves the construction of 86 apartments, a two storey convention centre, a heritage space at Le Pole Square, an exhibition gallery and ground floor café. In its appeal, An Taisce stated that the proposal would adversely impact on the setting of protected structures at Dublin Castle and would result in an excessively high and bulky building.

In response to the concerns expressed by An Taisce, the Rhatigan Group's Luxor Investments stated that the scheme will be barely visible from Dublin Castle and is not visually obtrusive within the complex and the height of the scheme complies with Dublin City Council standards for commercial and residential schemes.

In giving the plan the go-ahead, the board stated that having regard to the provisions of the Dublin City Development Plan, and to the nature, and scale of the proposed development, the plan would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or property in the vicinity.

In their planning documentation, Luxor said the development will lead to the creation of a vibrant mixed use development which will increase footfall within the area and provide active uses throughout the day and evening.

The managing director of the Rhatigan Group, Padraig Rhatigan, said yesterday: "Obviously we are delighted to receive a positive decision for what we believe to be a very high quality and appropriate scheme which will complement the development we have already completed in the area."

He said that 125 people will be employed during construction and the completed development will result in approximately 40 additional jobs.

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