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Publican Chawke also plans to build apartments on site

Publican Chawke also plans to build apartments on site

Publican Chawke also plans to build apartments on site

Publican Charlie Chawke is to seek planning permission to build 290 apartments and a four-star 50-bedroom hotel on lands adjacent to his Goat pub in Goatstown in south Dublin.

Mr Chawke's Charjon Investments Ltd has presented the plans to An Bord Pleanala to construct the 290 apartments beside the well-known bar.

In an interview, he discussed the background to his plans for the 3.8-acre site as well as the measures he is taking to comply with distancing rules linked to the Covid-19 crisis when he reopens his existing premises.

Excited

Charjon Investments has entered formal consultation with An Bord Pleanala on the 290-unit apartment plan with a view to lodging 'fast-track' plans after the appeals board carries out a preliminary assessment.

"I am very excited about what is planned. Goatstown needs a hotel and needs accommodation," Mr Chawke said.

He hopes construction work can begin in the next 12 months.

"I want it done in my lifetime. I want to give Goatstown a beautiful hotel and accommodation," he said.

"This land is lying there and it needs to be developed or else we will be in trouble with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co Council."

The publican was referring to powers where the council can place the site on the Vacant Site Register that forces the landowner to pay a 7pc annual site levy to the council if it remains undeveloped.

Mr Chawke said that he believed the Goat would be enhanced in the new plan.

In the interview he said he had been unsuccessful with a planning application at the site 15 years ago but was optimistic that he would have better luck this time around.

"This is a much better plan and more suitable for the Goat and the whole site."

He said the apartments will be built in four blocks and the apartments would be for sale.

Mr Chawke bought The Goat - his third pub - in 1982 for IR£600,000 and it opened it the following year. The lands at the pub site were bought later on.

The Charjon plan put before the appeals board is part of a scramble by developers over the past five weeks to lodge 'fast-track' residential plans.

Statistics just released by the appeals board show that for the period April 21 to May 22 last, developers have lodged 22 separate fast-track plans for a total of 5,661 residential units. The vast majority of the residential units relate to apartments for the Greater Dublin area.

On his plans to re-open seven of his pubs as restaurants only next month - when more Covid 19 restrictions are lifted, Mr Chawke said the preparation for that is continuing.

His customers "are all waiting to come back", he said.

Reopening

The Goat is one of Mr Chawke's pubs that also has a restaurant licence and he said that food had already accounted for over 50pc of the group's business before Covid 19.

His licensed premises are currently being prepared to cater for the 2m social-distancing rule and capacity will be down around 50pc.

The group employs 440 and roughly 70pc have lost their jobs, Mr Chawke said. Of the premises to open as restaurants, six are Dublin-based and one is in Co Limerick.