Plans for a new 54-bedroom hotel in Dublin’s north inner city have been approved, partly due to the fact that it is deemed unsuitable for residential purposes.
A proposed eight-story building with a rooftop bar and restaurant has been granted planning permission by Dublin City Council near Capel Street.
Pádraig Kehoe, the owner of Development Ocht, initially wanted to create a nine-story structure with 65 guest bedrooms by refurbishing and extending existing buildings on the site.
The council, however, required that a floor with 11 bedrooms be omitted from the plans because height concerns were raised with the whole development.
Labour councillor Declan Meenagh objected to the plans, stating that Dublin doesn’t need more hotels.
“This development will not solve the housing crisis. Mr Meenagh suggested that it would be much better used as apartments that people could afford to live in.
The council planners accepted, however, Development Ocht’s argument that residential development on the site would have unique design challenges, compared to other types of commercial development.
In addition to the site’s constrained nature and proximity to nearby properties, the company claimed it would be difficult to develop an adequate level of residential space.
According to the company, it would be unable to meet housing guidelines’ dual aspect requirement, while the provision of private, communal, and public space would be limited in such a development.
Furthermore, the council admits that there exists a demand for hotel accommodation in Dublin City in addition to the current collapse in international tourism due to the Covid-19 pandemic.