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Fury at plan for screen on the green

A PLANNED 11-screen cinema on top of the St Stephen's Green Centre will overlook nearby apartments, owners have complained.

Irish Life Assurance plc, the centre's landlords, lodged an application with Dublin City Council for the development, which will have a 1,851-seat capacity if it is approved. Permission is being sought for the demolition of existing rooftop buildings to make way for the 4,000sqm scheme.

In January, well-known cinema operators the Anderson family revealed it is to invest €9m in the project.

However, the project has now come up against opposition from property owners in the area. Writing on behalf of one of the owners, architects Collins Maher Martin stated the proposed development "will directly overlook our client's property" in Clarendon Court.

The firm's Paul Martin added: "The proposed development would have a significant detrimental effect on the residential amenity value of our client's property. (There) will be significant overshadowing of our client's property."

Restaurant group TGI Friday's also indicated it may take issue with the plans.