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A NEW 143-bedroom hotel is being planned for the capital.

Prague-based British developer Jonathan Jackson has received the nod from Dublin City Council to go ahead with the 143-bedroom hotel on Camden Street.

It will mark the latest addition to Dublin's city centre hotel scene, which has enjoyed it's best year since the downturn.

Mr Jackson's Ireland-registered Southland Property vehicle intends to use eight buildings on Camden Street to develop the new hotel.

An old chapel on the site will accommodate a hotel restaurant.

While the council's own planning officer has recommended the development for approval, the authority's conservation officer opposed it.

She had claimed the proposed hotel would be "inappropriate to the significance of the site" and its historic streetscape. Some local residents had also opposed the plans.

Southland had proposed a 165-bedroom hotel, but in order to overcome some of the council's concerns, it reduced the planned number to 143.

"On balance, it is considered that the development of a modern hotel at this location would be a positive addition to the street," noted the council's planning officer. He has attached a number of strict conditions to the development.

Mr Jackson, who was born and raised in Kenya, owns a company in Prague called Lordship. He moved to the city in 1989, having previously worked in the UK.


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