Tuesday 25 June 2019

Dublin city planners reject Crosbie plan for boutique hotel in Docklands

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Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

Developer Harry Crosbie's application to convert his home at Hanover Quay in the Dublin Docklands into a luxury boutique hotel has been refused by Dublin City Council.

Explaining their decision to reject Mr Crosbie's bid to transform his waterfront residence into a four-star, 19-bedroom hotel, Dublin city planners described its "proposed lack of permeability" as a "lost opportunity for pedestrian engagement with the waterfront along Grand Canal [Dock]".

Such a development "would therefore be contrary to the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Planning Scheme," they added.

Mr Crosbie's application was also turned down on the grounds that the development "would seriously injure the special architectural character of the protected structure [his home], by way of its scale, materials and form".

News of the decision comes just two weeks on from a report that Mr Crosbie had written to Dublin City Council to inform them that he would abandon his hotel plan if they insisted on the public gaining free access to the waterfront.

In a letter lodged with the council, Mr Crosbie said that if it "insists on an open quayside, then I would prefer to abandon the project and stay as we are now".

"To allow free access would bring chaos and would be unsafe and attract anti-social behaviour in this very narrow strip," he wrote.

"This behaviour can be unpleasant and nasty.

"This is a people rather than a planning issue and I hope my long experience in the area and with U2 will be taken as solid advice.

"Both of these businesses working together will enhance and uplight the whole area and will be much enjoyed for many years to come."

Mr Crosbie was responding to a request for further information from Dublin City planners to investigate the possibility of maximising public access to the quayside at his planned hotel, in tandem with the adjoining and proposed U2 visitor centre.

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