De­vel­oper gets okay to knock down guesthouse

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Commercial Property - BY MICHAEL COG­LEY

IR­ISH de­vel­oper Bar­tra Cap­i­tal has been given the green light to de­mol­ish a guesthouse on one of the Repub­lic’s most ex­clu­sive roads to build a lux­ury apart­ment com­plex in its place.

Plans to con­struct 20 units in a five-storey struc­ture at 98 Mer­rion Road in Dublin 4 were ap­proved by the Repub­lic’s plan­ning author­ity An Bord Pleanala two weeks ago.

It rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant win for the de­vel­oper, which has been hit with numer­ous plan­ning de­lays since its in­cep­tion.

Bar­tra faced ob­jec­tions from five dif­fer­ent par­ties af­ter it ini­tially gained ap­proval for the project from Dublin City Coun­cil.

An Bord Pleanala’s own in­spec­tor also rec­om­mended that per­mis­sion be re­fused for the scheme. The ob­jec­tors raised con­cerns over the po­ten­tial for res­i­dents in the new block to “over­look” into ex­ist­ing prop­er­ties.

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