Luxury hotel's bid for extra floor refused
Dublin City Council has refused planning permission for an additional floor to an already granted eight-storey "compact luxury" hotel on the site of the former Andrews Lane Theatre near Dame Street in central Dublin.
Last year, Appalachian Property Holdings Ltd secured planning permission for a 136-room, eight-storey hotel on the site. The total investment by the company, including site purchase, is estimated to be around €21m. In a bid to maximise its return on the site, earlier this year, Appalachian lodged plans for a ninth floor as part of a plan that would increase the number of hotel rooms to 156.
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However, in refusing planning permission, the council concluded that the proposed additional floor "would have a significantly detrimental visual impact due to its scale and bulk". The council also found that 'the proposal would have a significant and detrimental visual impact on a number of important views and vistas in the city.
The planning authority also found "that the applicant has not demonstrated that an acceptable level of quality and amenity for visitors to Dublin shall be provided by these hotel rooms".
The council refused planning permission in spite of Fáilte Ireland stating that the proposal "would be a valuable addition to Dublin's accommodation stock and would go some way to address the city's accommodation challenges".