Saturday 20 January 2018

JD Wetherspoon wins appeal battle for latest pub in Dublin

Tim Martin, chairman and founder of JD Wetherspoon which is to open a new Dublin pub
Tim Martin, chairman and founder of JD Wetherspoon which is to open a new Dublin pub

Gordon Deegan

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light to British pub giant JD Wetherspoon for a new outlet in the Camden Street area of Dublin.

The appeals board has granted planning permission for the €4m development at Camden Hall that also includes a 98-bedroom hotel.

The decision comes in spite of local concerns that the pub would be part of a continuing trend "to completely alcoholise Camden Street".

The board ruling represents a comprehensive planning victory for JD Wetherspoon as the ruling omits a planning condition imposed by Dublin City Council seeking to curtail the size of the pub.

The City Council ruled that a 244 sq m 'dining area' and courtyard with tables and chairs should be omitted from the plan.

However, this has been overturned on appeal. Wetherspoon already operates five pubs here - four in Dublin and one in Cork.

A spokesman for the UK-based Wetherspoon yesterday described the ruling as "great news" stating that the project will lead to the creation of 200 jobs.

He said that the firm hopes to commence work on the project "sooner rather than later".

Wetherspoon lodged a map showing that there are already 12 bars on Camden Street/Wexford Street.

Local appellant, Barry Chambers told An Bord Pleanála that allowing "large-scale drinking" at another pub in the area "would be seriously detrimental to the residential amenity and character of the area".

In a rebuttal to Mr Chambers' appeal, Wetherspoons said that to imply that the proposal includes a super-pub "is disingenuous, misleading and clearly not the case".

Irish Independent

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