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Plans: The developer is seeking to build the 459-bedroom hotel on the Junction 6 site in Castleknock, Dublin. Image: John Fleming Architects/FCC

Plans: The developer is seeking to build the 459-bedroom hotel on the Junction 6 site in Castleknock, Dublin. Image: John Fleming Architects/FCC

Plans: The developer is seeking to build the 459-bedroom hotel on the Junction 6 site in Castleknock, Dublin. Image: John Fleming Architects/FCC

A decision by Fingal County Council to reject plans for an extensive development in Dublin that would have included the country’s tallest building has been appealed by the company behind the proposed scheme.

The project would include a 459-bedroom hotel in a 28-storey block at a site in Castleknock, as well a significant amount of office space in a total of four blocks.

The company behind the proposed scheme, Propotron, is owned by Pamela Keating and Anthony Dunne.

They jointly own a number of companies, while Mr Dunne is the sole owner of Dublin-based Knife Edge Fencing.

Propotron was refused permission last month by the council for the proposed development – dubbed Junction 6.

The council said it would be “seriously injurious to the visual amenity of the area”.

A number of local councillors and residents objected to the scheme.

Fine Gael Senator Emer Currie, previously a member of Fingal County Council and who has served as a Senator since June after being nominated by Taoiseach Micheal Martin, also objected to the plans.

“The planning permission being sought for this site clearly constitutes serious overdevelopment,” she claimed.

“It would have very serious adverse impacts to the residential suburbs located near the site in terms of bulk, height, and density,” the Senator told Fingal County Council.

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“If planning permission is approved the proposed hotel of 28 storeys, would be the tallest building in the State,” she added. “It would dominate the skyline throughout the Dublin 15 area and the visual amenity of local residential communities.”

The hotel could accommodate about 900 people, while the planned office space could have as many as 7,000 workers.

Ms Currie also predicted that as a result of the Covid pandemic, “demand for hotels and office spaces of this magnitude has reduced because of the risk of infection transmission”.

“Working patterns will most likely change for good with more people choosing to work at home or remotely,” she said.

“The application for a hotel of this size seems ill-timed. We do not know if there will be demand for a 459-bedroom hotel and 34,195 sq m of commercial office space in a suburban location in the future," Senator Currie added.

The planned project is beside the M50. A ruling on the appeal is due next April.

Rejecting the scheme last month, the council said that the proposed development would represent and “intensive overdevelopment” and would be “seriously out of character with the pattern of development in the area”. 

It said that the proposed project would involve a high density of employment development in a location “removed from high-capacity public transport”.

The project had been supported by snack company Manhattan Peanuts.

Its founder and managing director, Donal O’Neill, told Fingal County Council that the Finglas area does not have a nearby hotel and that when the company needs to avail of such facilities, staff must travel to the city centre or to Ashbourne in Co Meath.

“At short notice, we often require hotel bedrooms for potential and existing overseas customers who visit our factory,” he said in a submission.

“At Junction 6, it would be an ideal commute distance from our facility," he added.


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