Paddy McKillen Jr's Dublin hotel plan under fire
Paddy McKillen Jr's plans for a boutique hotel, complete with a rooftop restaurant, in the upmarket Dublin suburb of Ranelagh have been thrown into question.
This follows seven separate appeals lodged with An Bord Pleanála against Dublin City Council's decision to give the five-floor 41-bedroom hotel the go-ahead.
The plan for 117-119 Ranelagh is to also contain a 50-seat 'art-house' cinema in its basement.
Mr McKillen Jr is seeking to add the hotel to his Press Up Entertainment Group portfolio that includes the Everleigh Garden nightclub and the Dean Hotel.
Previously, planning for a five-storey mixed use development on the site was granted in 2007 but never proceeded.
However, one appellant and local resident, Rory Boyd, has stated that the references in the planning application to the 2007 plan "when the Celtic Tiger stalked the land are hardly meaningful or relevant today".
Mr Boyd claimed that the hotel plan, which doesn't provide for car-parking, will add to village's traffic congestion.
However, the general manager of the Dean Hotel, Bryan Davern, has written to one of the objectors, Peter McLaughlin, to state that he passionately believes "that this particular hotel model would be a real asset to Ranelagh village".
Mr Davern added: "We would want the property to represent what is best in the Ranelagh village area and do everything we can to play our part to be a community hub in the urban village."
Planning consultants for McKillen's Original Point Ltd, Manahan Planners, say that the hotel will add to facilities in Ranelagh, upgrade the street scape at the location while not injuring the visual or the area's residential amenities.
Another local resident to appeal is Kenny Worn. He has stated in a submission that there the Southside suburb already has five pubs, 18 restaurants and six takeaways.
"We don't need more bars, restaurants or hotels. We need a car park," he said.
A Bord Pleanála decision on the appeals is due in June.