Wednesday 21 August 2019

Wynn's Hotel gets go-ahead for two-storey extension bid

Historic: The hotel, off O’Connell Street in Dublin, was built in 1845
Historic: The hotel, off O’Connell Street in Dublin, was built in 1845

Gordon Deegan

THE owners of the historic Wynn's Hotel in Dublin have secured the green light for a large extension to the hotel.

An Bord Pleanála approved the plan for a two-storey extension to the hotel on Dublin's Abbey Street in spite of the board's own inspector recommending refusal.

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The development involves a hotel revamp and increasing the number of floors to seven, adding 27 bedrooms.

John Desmond, senior planning inspector with the appeals board, had recommended refusal after concluding that the development would be contrary to the proper planning and development of the city centre.

Mr Desmond found that the development would seriously injure the amenities of neighbouring buildings by way of loss of daylight and visual overbearing.

The extension was opposed by An Taisce along with Nina Cafolla and Suzanne O'Neill. However, in a split 2:1 decision, the board voted to disregard their own inspector's recommendation to refuse.

The board said that it agreed with the City Council that the site is located in a dense urban environment, that there is a need to ensure sustainable levels of development on scarce urban lands, and that the proposal would not preclude development on neighbouring sites.

The board said the development would not adversely affect the existing street environment of Harbour Court and would not seriously injure the amenities of neighbouring properties.

The appeals board also found that the proposed development would provide a building of high-quality design and would constitute an appropriate form of development at the subject site.

The board concluded the proposed development would not seriously injure the visual or other amenities of the area and would be acceptable in terms of its impact on the architectural and cultural heritage of the area,

The decision by the appeals board upholds a decision by Dublin City Council to give the project planning permission.

Wynn's Hotel has been in existence in one form or another since 1845 and has witnessed many of the events which have shaped the history of Dublin City.

It hosted the first meeting to establish the Irish Volunteer Force in 1913 and it was later bombed during the 1916 rising before being rebuilt in 1921.

Irish Independent

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