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Saturday 20 October 2018

Apart-hotel plan rejected for Scruffy Murphy's site

Plan would involve pulling down Scruffy Murphy’s
Plan would involve pulling down Scruffy Murphy’s

Plans to build a large apart-hotel on the site of a once-iconic city pub have been blocked by An Bord Pleanala (ABP).

An application had been made to demolish legendary Dublin watering hole Scruffy Murphy's at Grand Canal Dock and build a six-storey apart-hotel.

The complex, which would have included 36 suites, along with a restaurant, bar and cafe, was turned down for a number of reasons, one being the negative effect on local residents.

ABP recognised that while there would have been a large concentration of people before the pub closed in 2016, the planned development would "lead to an intensification of activity in this predominantly residential area".

Viability

The decision comes after Dublin City Council had given the plan the go-ahead and an inspector within ABP also advised that the development be given the green light, subject to a number of conditions.

The inspector had initially said the number of floors in the development would have to be reduced.

This was appealed by the applicant, Tim O'Connor, who said it would decrease the number of suites by eight and would therefore be a concern for the project's commercial viability.

An appeal had been made by a third party, which highlighted the impact that such a development would have on local residential properties.

Among a list of issues, the appeal said it will "not benefit from a close relationship with the immediate community as it is commercial in nature for very short-stay tourists".

Labour senator Kevin Humphreys told the Herald he backed the decision reached by ABP.

Mr Humphreys said such a development would "bring down the quality of life for local residents".

Meanwhile, a large hotel at Portobello plaza has been given planning permission, despite local opposition and an online petition against the development.

The 179-bedroom hotel at Portobello Harbour and Portobello College was approved by Dublin City Council last week.

It is expected this will be appealed, with Mr Humphreys insisting he will back any such move.

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