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The former Gowan Motors dealership on Merrion Road

The former Gowan Motors dealership on Merrion Road

The former Gowan Motors dealership on Merrion Road

Planning permission has been granted for a six-storey apartment block on the site of a former Gowan Motors site on Merrion Road in Dublin 4.

Dublin City Council has granted planning permission to 1 Merrion Land Ltd for the 63 apartments on the corner site of Merrion Road and Herbert Avenue, despite local objections.

The grant of permission follows 1 Merrion Land Ltd previously being refused planning permission for an eight-storey apartment block comprising of 66 apartments at the same site at 143 Merrion Road.

The council states that the new plan would not seriously injure the residential amenity in the vicinity.

The local authority gave the plan the go-ahead in spite of a number of objections. The Herbert Avenue Residents' Association told it the proposed six storeys "will be completely out of kilter with Herbert Avenue residences with a maximum of four storeys".

Local resident Owen Doyle contended that the apartment block would be "monolithic" and "would dominate and harm the streetscape".

Mr Doyle argued that it is the mass of the development shoehorned into a small site "which would create a long-term unalterable and unwanted blight on the streetscape".

Separately, the council put a companion application by 1 Merrion Land Ltd for a five-storey block further down Merrion Road on another former Gowan Motors site on hold.

Irish Independent