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Leisure centre loses court fight over nightclub

Westwood Leisure Centre in Clontarf, Dublin, has lost its High Court challenge aimed at securing permission for parts of its business, including its bar and nightclub.

The decision may mean that parts of the centre may have to close or be demolished.

Mr Justice John Hedigan dismissed the centre's action seeking to overturn Bord Pleanala's refusal to grant planning permission for parts of its premises at Clontarf Road including the Bar Code bar and nightclub which has a capacity for more than 1,000 people.

The judge rejected claims by the centre's owners, Templeville Developments, that there was a breach of fair procedure by the board and that there was a failure to have proper regard for the Dublin City Development Plan. Westwood had sought orders yesterday aimed at quashing the board decision of the 2008 decision to uphold Dublin City Council's earlier decision to grant retention for some elements of the complex that were ancillary to its use as a leisure centre.

In its decision however, the council refused to allow a change of use to allow for the sale of intoxicating liquor with extensions and facilities related to the proposed change. The Bord also stated that the Bram Stoker Museum/Dracula Experience on the complex constituted over-development of the site.