Thursday 16 August 2018

Council puts D4 hotel plan on hold

Smiles Dental founder, Emmet O’Neill. Photo: Mark Condren
Smiles Dental founder, Emmet O’Neill. Photo: Mark Condren

Gordon Deegan

Plans by the former head of Topaz to construct a six-storey 'contemporary hotel' in Donnybrook are being opposed by locals.

The 78-bedroom development is being planned by Smiles dental founder Emmet O'Neill, who is a nephew of businessman Denis O'Brien.

The proposal includes a restaurant and bar with terrace dining and meeting rooms at the site on Donnybrook Road.

However, the plan has prompted strong opposition locally.

In an objection, the Herbert Park Area Residents Association stated that the planned six storeys would disproportionately tower over the surrounding two-storey buildings.

The residents state that the height and intended use of the buildings make the plan unacceptable. The Donnybrook TidyTowns group has also voiced its opposition against the proposal, stating that it is flawed, ill-thought out and damaging to the urban fabric of the village.

A number of local councillors have also expressed their concern over the plan.

De Blacam and Meagher architects have told the City Council that the urban design of the hotel will contribute to the public realm in the area.

However, in response to the locals' concerns, the City Council has now put the plan on hold and asked Mr O'Neill's Kouchin to submit revised plans.

In the formal request, the city council has requested Kouchin to consider how the bulk, height and massing can be reduced in order to provide a better response to the environment and in particular the two-storey housing on the Crescent.

Irish Independent

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