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Friday 25 July 2014

Plan to open takeaway at listed site is shot down

A PLAN to open a takeaway in a listed building beside one of Dublin's national monuments has been shot down.

An Bord Pleanala ruled against the proposal, overturning a Dublin City Council decision. The property, at No 8 Aungier Street, is on its list of protected structures, but the council still granted permission for a fast-food restaurant.

Aungier Street contains a significant number of Georgian buildings, some with features dating from the 1660s and 1670s, the board's planning inspector Patricia Young noted in a report.

No 9 and 9A Aungier Street, a national monument, is one of the most intact structures in the country from the late 1600s.

Objecting to the planning application, heritage group An Taisce said there are already a number of fast-foods on the Aungier Street/South Great George's Street axis.

An Taisce's Kevin Duff pointed out the development plan aims to limit too high a concentration of any one type of outlet in an area.

Aungier Street's historic status has received increasing recognition in recent years.

A recent report highlighted its important sites, from its time as a medieval enclave and later as "one of Dublin's first exclusive residential suburbs".

The report, Aungier Street – Revitalising an Historic Neighbourhood, also called for recognition of the area's literary heritage.

Poet and song writer Thomas Moore (1779-1852) lived at No 12, while gothic novelist Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824) – a great-uncle of Oscar Wilde – was curate of St Peter's Church and lived on York Street.

 

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A detailed architectural examination revealed a "surprising" number of residential buildings dating from pre-1700.

The street was laid out by Sir Francis Aungier in 1661 to house the wealthy upper class

"No other street in Dublin has such a collection of pre-1700 buildings," the report states, though it warned that much of the surviving fabric is "substantially derelict above ground-floor level".

The first residents of the street were the city's "social elite", but this had changed by the mid-18th century to the merchant and professional classes.

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