Watchdog approves new hotel for D4 area
Plans for a six-storey, 71-bedroom hotel in Dublin's affluent Donnybrook area have been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála.
Permission for the hotel had been sought by an investment firm called Kouchin, which is controlled by Emmet O'Neill, who sold his Smiles Dental business in 2014 for €36m.
Mr O'Neill is a nephew of businessman Denis O'Brien.
Kouchin submitted plans for the hotel early in 2018.
The project, which had been approved by Dublin City Council last year, attracted significant opposition from local residents and councillors.
Some claimed that the planned hotel would be "over-dominant" in the Dublin 4 village.
Some also claimed it would be "out of proportion to and out of character with the surrounding built environment of Donnybrook".
However, a senior planning inspector from An Bord Pleanála said that the new hotel would be "an appropriate and welcome addition to the streetscape views".
She added: "It is not accepted that the proposed development would give rise to noise disturbance that would significantly adversely affect the residential amenities of properties in the vicinity.
"The proposed development would not seriously injure the visual amenities and character of Donnybrook village, the residential amenities of adjoining properties or the integrity of historic properties within the residential conservation area in the vicinity," the inspector added. A significant number of hotel projects are being advanced in the capital as investors and operators capitalise on a shortage of hotel rooms in the Dublin area.
Last month, Ireland's biggest hotel group, Dalata, said it's entering a 35-year lease to operate a new 200-bedroom hotel. The property is being constructed in Dublin's docklands area by a joint venture between Ronan Group and Colony Capital.