Thursday 22 August 2019

Major hotel close to Dublin Airport gets go-ahead as objections withdrawn


Booming Dublin Airport, and its surrounds, has been a focus for new hotel plans
Booming Dublin Airport, and its surrounds, has been a focus for new hotel plans

Fearghal O'Connor

A 10-storey hotel close to the airport has finally got the go-ahead after a long planning battle. The plans for the 421-room hotel, promoted by developer Carra Shore (Dublin), were given the green light after objections to An Bord Pleanala from concerned local residents were withdrawn.

The company, whose plans come at the same time as DAA has again moved ahead with its own plans for a similarly-sized hotel at the airport, is controlled by backers that include businessman Jalaluddin Kajani and other family members. Kajani is an Irish citizen who came here from Pakistan in 1980. In 2012 he secured an injunction restraining IBRC, formerly Anglo Irish Bank, and receivers acting on its behalf, from selling his London hotels after he told the High Court that he had previously been put under duress in 2007 and 2008 by the bank to accept unsuitable terms for refinancing.

Carra Shore is also advancing plans for hotels in other locations around the country - including Cork, Athlone and Waterford - and it owns boutique hotels in London's Kensington.

The proposed hotel will be over 31,000 sq m and located in Clonshaugh, near the junction of the M50 and M1 motorways, next to an existing Clayton Hotel, which is being extended.

With tourism authorities voicing major concerns about a shortage of hotel rooms in the city, Fingal County Council gave the green light to the original plans for the hotel in April 2017. But this was overturned by An Bord Pleanala in October on foot of a series of objections by local residents.

But Carra Shore submitted the revised version with more rooms earlier this year. The revised plans saw a reduction of the site area from 1.76 hectares to 1.35 hectares and the proposal of new traffic plans.

A number of fresh objections were lodged with the local authority regarding the newly-revised plans, citing concerns over traffic, a lack of local public transport options, loss of privacy and potential flooding problems but these were withdrawn, clearing the way for the plans to proceed.

At Dublin Airport, DAA has faced its own delays to its plans to also build a more than 400-bed hotel for as much as €100m.

Last September it pulled a tender to operate a 402-bedroom hotel at Terminal 2 after talks with its preferred bidder ended.

But in recent weeks it said it was re-staging the entire tender process because a "tight planning window" meant it was not possible to conclude the original tender launched in late 2016.

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