Tuesday 11 December 2018

Apollo House developers oppose 10-storey tower project in Dublin

Apollo House
Apollo House

Gordon Deegan

The developers of the Apollo House site in Dublin have put the block on plans to construct a 10-storey development nearby.

In December, the Marlet Property Group received planning permission from Dublin City Council for the mixed-use development on the site of the old Screen cinema on Dublin's Pearse Street.

The plan will involve the demolition of the nine-storey College House.

However, the project is now on hold after consultants for the receivers, Tom O'Brien and Simon Coyle - who are leading the redevelopment of the Apollo House site and Hawkins House with the OPW - lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála.

A local businessman, David Anderson of D'Olier Chambers, D'Olier Street, has also appealed against the decision.

Planning consultants, Brady Shipman Martin, have lodged the appeal on behalf of the receivers and state that the principle for development on the College and Screen Cinema site is welcomed but that the scheme as permitted fails to achieve many of the objectives of the Local Area Plan and will affect the Apollo House and Hawkins House schemes.

The consultants for the receivers state that to avoid an adverse impact on the permitted Apollo House scheme and on the quality, form and layout of the public realm and pedestrian movement routes within the precinct, it is felt that material changes to the current proposal are necessary.

The appeal lodged on behalf of Mr Anderson states that the plan would have a serious adverse impact on his property.

Irish Independent

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