Saturday 21 July 2018

Conlon plan for new Dublin city pub rejected by council

The premises, at 37 Dame Street, was put up for sale in 2016 for almost €1.7m. Stock Image
The premises, at 37 Dame Street, was put up for sale in 2016 for almost €1.7m. Stock Image
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Developer Gerry Conlon has been refused permission to turn a five-storey office block opposite the former Central Bank in Dublin into a pub.

The premises, at 37 Dame Street, was put up for sale in 2016 for almost €1.7m.

In refusing permission, Dublin City Council said that the proposed change of use of the basement, ground and first floor of the building from offices to a pub "would lead to an over-concentration of entertainment uses and would not support a balanced mix of uses".

Mr Conlon also owns the nearby Central Hotel, where he is planning a multimillion euro redevelopment, while he also intends to build a new boutique hotel on Dame Street.

The company Mr Conlon used to make the application had stated that the building on Dame Street is underutilised and can't compete with modern, built-for-purpose office space.

Dublin City Council's deputy planning officer said last February that "the restoration and appropriate refurbishment of this protected structure is welcomed by the planning authority".

But the deputy planning officer recommended this week that permission for the change to pub use be refused.

The council said there's a need to "ensure a balanced mix of uses" in the area.

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