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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Crosbie gets the go-ahead for new eight-storey hotel on Vicar Street

Developer Harry Crosbie
Developer Harry Crosbie

A 185-bedroom Dublin hotel development by Harry Crosbie has been given the green light after An Bord Pleanala overruled objections, including one from a local TD.

Plans for the new development on Vicar Street in the south inner city were in doubt after an objection was lodged in February.

Local residents also staged protests over the proposed eight-storey building.

However, An Bord Pleanala notified developer Mr Crosbie yesterday that these objections had been overruled.

His spokesman said work will begin shortly. PJ Walls, the company that built the 3Arena, will put up the hotel.

"The shows at the venue have continued as normal and will now continue to do so. The Vicar Street venue will be upgraded as part of this work," the spokesman said, adding that a "full and clean" planning permission was granted.

Earlier this year, an objection was lodged by People Before Profit TD Brid Smith and local councillor Tina McVeigh.

In her objection, Ms Smith said the application does not represent development sympathetic to an urban residential community bound by new student accommodation, a public house/music venue, a homeless hostel and two new hotels in the immediate vicinity.

In the joint objection with Ms McVeigh, she pointed out that "we are in the depths of a housing crisis having a catastrophic effect on our society".

Demolition

She added: "Rather than more hotels, apart-hotels or luxury student accommodation, we urge our city planners to exercise their duty of care and refuse planning permission to any further developments that do not positively contribute to the stock of residential housing."

The planning appeal case noted that it involved the demolition of buildings and construction of a hotel.

In February, around 60 residents gathered at Vicar Street with some protesters carrying banners that read: "Homes not hotels."

They objected to the plans, calling for green space, homes and community facilities.

An Bord Pleanala did not respond when contacted by the Herald for a comment.

One of the conditions of planning is that the hotel firm pays Dublin City Council €487,407 towards public infrastructure.

A report accompanying the planning application stated the development will contribute significantly towards the implementation of a core strategy of the City Development Plan in respect of regeneration, urban design and economic and tourism development.

The report also stated the development "can provide a catalyst and dynamic for the regeneration and redevelopment of the Liberties area and will enhance the attractiveness and diversification of the city's tourist accommodation offer".

Failte Ireland also made a submission with the council in support of the application.

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