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An Taisce HQ in planning wrangle

A NATIONAL heritage body with a prolific record of lodging planning objections has been accused of breaching rules.

An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland, was accused of not adhering to the relevant planning procedures in relation to its headquarters in Dublin 8.

The organisation was granted permission by Dublin City Council to retain the use of the lower ground floor of Tailors' Hall on Back Lane for "dancing at private events".

It was also allowed to retain the use of the basement and ground floors of the building, which is a protected structure, "for small theatrical events and concert".

However, a member of the public objected to An Taisce's plans and has now appealed the council's decision to An Bord Pleanala.

In a letter to the council prior to its decision, Tony Mallon, with an address in Co Louth, urged the local authority to refuse permission.

He said "the applicant has not adhered to the relevant procedures seeking variations to the building as set out under the Planning & Development Act 2000".

"I would ask that the enforcement section of the council review this unauthorised development of a protected structure and deal accordingly," Mr Mallon said.

He added: "The building is an archaeological sensitive area. The proposed development as stated, particularly the hosting of concerts, would be contrary to the proper planning and development of the area."

When granting the application, the council stipulated that events held at the location should finish before 12.30am between Monday and Friday and 2.30am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Mr Mallon lodged his appeal on January 28 and the matter is due to be decided by June 2.

Located near Christchurch Cathedral, Tailors' Hall is an early Georgian Guild Hall.

It hosts weddings among other events.

The building dates from 1706 and is the only remaining Guild Hall in Dublin.

It was the meeting place of the Guild of Merchant Tailors from 1706 to 1841. It was also used as a meeting place by the United Irishmen.

Among An Taisce's functions is to provide "evidence to Government on the performance of local authorities" in delivering the provisions of the planning regulations.