Objectors stall plans for 200-bed hotel beside Croke Park

by Sylvia Pownall

Plans for a new 200-bed hotel owned by the GAA near Croke Park have been put on hold following a number of objections to An Bord Pleanála.

Two parties are appealing Dublin City Council’s decision to grant permission for the seven-storey hotel on part of the grounds of Clonliffe College.

Objectors include a local nursing home. The GAA bought the land from the Archdiocese of Dublin for an estimated e95m.

It is understood that the GAA has an agreement with leading hotel firm, Dalata, which will see the group operate the new facility under its Maldron brand.

The GAA also plans to develop a clubhouse and two pitches on the site which is currently used as an overflow car park for match days and concerts in Croke Park.

Consultants acting for the owner of the Shrewsbury House Nursing Home on Clonliffe Road, Margaret Gaughran, claim the scale and design of the proposed hotel “flies in the face” of the council’s objectives and policies for the area.

They said the development would lead to “gross overlooking” of the nursing home’s meeting rooms and private open spaces.

The family-run nursing home also expressed concern that construction work would destroy the quiet environment that the 36 residents have enjoyed for many years.

Local resident Kate O’Hea claims the proposed height of the hotel is out of character with the surrounding buildings and neighbourhood and expressed concern that it would overlook houses and apartments on Distillery Road.

Ms O’Dea said she also feared the hotel would act as a precedent for allowing “further incongruous and inappropriate development throughout the grounds of Clonliffe College”.

The hotel would also be built on a site which had been used as a public park for at least 12 years, she noted.

A major development is planned for the former lands at Clonliffe College, with the rest of the land earmarked for 1,650 mostly build-to-rent apartments.

An Bord Pleanála’s ruling on the appeal against planning permission for the hotel is due by the end of January 2021.

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