Dublin hotel secures permission for extension inspite of opposition

One particular of Dublin’s latest hotels – the Iveagh Yard Lodge on Harcourt Avenue – has secured organizing authorization for an extension that will increase its bed potential by almost a 3rd, despite opposition from a planning inspector and Dublin Metropolis Council.

The hotel’s operator, Olema Assets Holdings, has properly appealed the council’s final decision to reject its application to assemble a massive extension which will bring the Iveagh Garden’s ability to 197 guest rooms.

In buy to address issues about the influence of the progress on neighbouring structures, even so, An Bord Pleanála imposed a condition which will consequence in 12 of the 52 extra bedrooms prepared by the hotel remaining omitted.

The final decision will deliver the complete number of visitor rooms in the hotel to 185.

The Iveagh Backyard garden, which opened in 2018 at an believed charge of €40 million, statements to be “Europe’s very first sustainable hotel” thanks to its unique power program which harvests ability from the River Swan, which flows 50m under its foundations.

Seven-storey extension

An Bord Pleanála ruled that the company’s plans to construct a 7-storey extension to the rear of two buildings on Harcourt Street, as properly as a modify of use of an existing creating from business office to hotel, would sensitively combine into the current streetscape and would not critically injure the character or location of adjoining protected buildings.

The board ignored the information of its personal organizing inspector, who concurred with council planners that the design and style, scale and peak of the proposed extension, as very well as its proximity to other buildings, did not relate sensitively to the particular architectural character of stated buildings on Harcourt Avenue.

They also claimed the extension would lead to critical injury to the location of outlined properties and would symbolize an undesirable precedent, if permitted, while also staying overbearing on neighbouring household properties.

The improvement, which requires the demolition of an existing extension at the back of 1 of the buildings, was also opposed by An Taisce.

The hotel is owned by Brian and Sally McGill, who also function two other inns on Harcourt Road – the Harcourt Resort and Harrington Corridor.

Karen J. Simmons

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