Sunday 22 September 2019

Donnybrook Fair fights enforcement order

In recent days, Donnybrook Fair has appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala. Stock picture
In recent days, Donnybrook Fair has appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala. Stock picture
Samantha McCaughren

Samantha McCaughren

Upmarket food company Donnybrook Fair is to fight an order by Fingal County Council that it pull down an outdoor seating enclosure at its Malahide restaurant in Co Dublin.

An enforcement order was issued by the council during the summer and it went on to refuse an application from the company to retain the structure.

In recent days, Donnybrook Fair has appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala.

In refusing retention, the council said the restaurant's seating area was "harmful to the special character and amenity of Malahide".

It also said that retaining that outdoor seating area would set "an undesirable precedent".

It added that the seating area was located in an architectural conservation area and that the development "by virtue of inadequate design" would not positively enhance the area.

Architects for Donnybrook Fair said the enclosed seating area was constructed "to provide protection from the elements". It argued that "the structure installed is light and would not be considered excessive".

"A refusal would seem inappropriate" given the level of employment and trade it brings to the area, the company's representatives, Pacstudio, wrote.

There were several objections to Donnybrook Fair's application to retain the structure, including neighbouring restaurant Siam which claimed the outdoor enclosure amounted to a 100-seater restaurant.

Donnybrook Fair started in Dublin 4 but now has six locations around Dublin and Wicklow.

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