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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Green light for €40m hotel despite scores of objections

One of the objectors to the plan was Mr McSavage, best known for his RTÉ show, 'The Savage Eye'.
One of the objectors to the plan was Mr McSavage, best known for his RTÉ show, 'The Savage Eye'.

Gordon Deegan

Planning permission has been granted for a new €40m hotel at Portobello in Dublin in spite of opposition from comedian David McSavage and scores of other local residents.

The applicants for the 178-bedroom six-storey hotel, MKN Property Group and Tifco Ltd, have secured planning permission after earlier this year submitting revised plans.

The Dublin City Council planner's report into the application stated that the applicants proposed a marginal reduction in height. The planner recommended planning be granted in the case after stating that the alterations proposed "are considered to be an acceptable design approach in terms of setting and character of the area". The planner as a result stated that "the proposed development would not adversely affect the character and setting of the street scape and would not seriously injure the amenity of property in the vicinity".

The planning battle may not be over yet as locals can appeal the city council decision to An Bord Pleanála.

One of the objectors to the plan was Mr McSavage, best known for his RTÉ show, 'The Savage Eye'. In total, just under 60 objections were lodged against the proposal from mainly locals. Planning consultant for the applicants, John Spain & Associates, stated that the plan "will contribute significantly to the further development and regeneration of Portobello Harbour".

Mr Spain also stated that the hotel will provide "the catalyst for future development and provides facilities and services in the area" while the scale and massing of the proposal have been carefully considered.

In 2016, the MKN Property Group spent €10m on purchasing Portobello House and adjoining lands at the location.

In his objection, Mr McSavage stated that the planned hotel "is far too big in comparison to other buildings in the area".

Mr McSavage also claimed that the planned hotel will alter the neighbourhood feeling of Portobello and lead to a massive increase in parking.

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