RTE's Fair City is on the move... but not everyone is happy
THERE'S a new real-life episode taking place in Fair City's history after the set of RTE's longest-running soap was given the go-ahead to move to a different location.
However, Dublin City Council has imposed a raft of restrictions to the planning application which aim to ensure the show adheres to its curfew when it comes to its lengthy filming hours.
Bosses at Montrose applied to move the entire set to a one-acre site in the north-eastern area of the campus, adjacent to Nutley Road, to allow for the sale of nine acres of land, raising €107.5m for the cash-strapped station.
A number of residents had objected to the application, stating concerns over noise levels, its lengthy hours of operation, and the site's proximity to their D4 homes.
The popular soap has a notoriously gruelling filming schedule and airs four times a week.
Among the terms and conditions are that the new set "shall be confined to normal working hours", meaning it can only be used from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Filming will also be restricted on Saturdays to the hours of 8am to 1pm.
The extended use of the set for two nights a week, until 10pm, will also stop after three years so that a full assessment can be made of its impact on residents living near the site.
While that is ongoing, bosses will only be able to use the set for two nights a month.
The entire set will be removed from the site within five years unless further permission is granted by the council or An Bord Pleanala.
The application provides for the rebuilding of 11 sets, including a new home for McCoy's Pub, The Hungry Pig, the Dolphin Pod, and other sets.
DCC has also imposed a number of restrictions on when the building of these new sets can take place, limiting working hours from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Fridays, and 8am to 2pm at weekends.
Noise levels must also be kept down.
Bosses hope there will be no disruption to broadcasts during the move. The production crew used to work 12-hour days but their hours have been cut back.