Wednesday 21 February 2018

An Taisce appeal holds up Radisson extension

Radisson Blu hotel at Golden Lane
Radisson Blu hotel at Golden Lane

Gordon Deegan

An Taisce has put the brakes on a major 103-bedroom extension to the four-star Radisson Blu at Golden Lane in Dublin.

An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland, which is tasked with preserving the nation's heritage - successfully appealed to An Bord Pleanála against a decision by Dublin City Council, which gave the go-ahead for the large extension.

The hotel - which is located off South Great George's Street and is owned by the Galway-based developers, the Rhatigan Group - has been posting strong profits in recent years and is now looking to capitalise on its booming business.

Operating profits at the hotel increased by 62pc to €1.34m in 2015.

The plans, lodged by Luxor Investments, involved an eight-storey over two-storey basement extension that would bring the total number of rooms at the hotel to 255.

The eight-storey extension had been reduced to six, with the City planners stating that the reduced height was within the height limits for low-rise commercial development in the inner city area. However, in its appeal, An Taisce told An Bord Pleanála that if the plan doesn't undergo significant revision, the board should not hesitate in refusing planning permission.

Kevin Duff of the City Association of An Taisce told the board that even after Luxor lodged revised plans, the scale and density of the development remains grossly excessive. Now the hotel owners must wait on a decision by An Bord Pleanála on the appeal, which is due later this year.

Plans for an extension to the Radisson Blu in Golden Lane Dublin have been halted by an appeal

Irish Independent

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