Tuesday 16 January 2018

Pearse Lyons's Liberties distillery ambitions hit hurdle as planning complaint filed

Alltech founder Pearse Lyons. Photo: Altech
Alltech founder Pearse Lyons. Photo: Altech

John Mulligan and Gavin McLoughlin

An appeal against billionaire Dr Pearse Lyons's plan to build a distillery and visitor centre in the Liberties area of Dublin has been filed to An Bord Pleanála.

The appeal has been taken by John Lawlor, a resident of an apartment building adjoining the site, who is concerned about the effect of the plan on his property, documents published by Dublin City Council show.

The Council had granted permission for the development. A decision from An Bord Pleanála is due by April.

"The appellant has made their specific concerns known to the Local Authority in a letter of observation and they feel they have not been adequately addressed in the decision," a letter to An Bord Pleanála on Mr Lawlor's behalf reads.

"They have expressed their support for the proposed redevelopment of the site and the project in general. However, they note the application was granted as submitted and that no amendments have been made to alleviate the real effect the proposal will have on the appellant's property due to the loss of daylight and overbearing."

Mr Lawlor is seeking to have the development set further back from his property.

The distillery and visitor centre is to be located at St James's Church, in an area of the capital with which Dr Lyons, the founder of global animal health and nutrition company Alltech, has a family connection.

"In 1948, my grandfather, John Hubert Lyons, was buried in the graveyard of St James's and this is one of the many connections my family has with the area. Our plan is to bring the church back to its former glory and make it a tourist destination," he said last year.

"We plan to restore the church and reinvent St James's. It is located just yards from St James's Gate, home to Guinness and probably one of the best known drinks brands in the world.

"We are thrilled that the church is located on the "Dubline" - the new tourist trail from Trinity to Kilmainham - and it will hopefully attract a great number of people to our St James's Distillery."

Earlier this year Dr Lyons said Alltech could be worth as much as $3bn.

Irish Independent

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