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Crosbie's market in jeopardy over planning status

DOUBT has been cast over the planning status of businessman Harry Crosbie's popular new market in Dublin's docklands.

The market, which opened at the end of May, is now the subject of a planning application to Dublin City Council.

Mr Crosbie's Point Village Development Ltd has sought a declaration from the local authority that the amenity is an exempt development, meaning it does not require permission. However, the council instead requested further details about the market.

The local authority stated it considers that an outdoor public market generally does not fall within the description of development needing permission.

But it noted that "according to the website for the current market taking place... the nature of that market may be different from what might be termed a traditional market".

The council added: "It is noted that events and attractions etc are held there as part of the current market and that the current market could constitute a hybrid of events, markets and a fair."

Point Village Development Ltd has been requested to detail the "exact nature, scale and times" of the market before its application will be ruled upon.

When it started, it was hailed as Dublin's biggest open market in 30 years.