Plans for new hotel and apartments in Goatstown

by Gazette Reporter

Publican Charlie Chawke wants to build 290 apartments and a four-star 50 bedroom hotel on lands adjacent to his pub in Goatstown in south Dublin.

His company Charjon Investments Ltd has presented plans to An Bord Pleanala seeking permission for the development beside the Goat Inn.

Mr Chawke revealed that his plan also includes a 50 bedroom four star hotel for the 3.8acre site in addition to four blocks of apartments, which will be for sale.

Charjon Investments has entered formal consultation with An Bord Pleanala on the 290 unit apartment plan with a view to lodging ‘fast track’ plans after the appeals board carries out a preliminary assessment.

“I am very excited about what is planned,” Charlie Chawke said. “Goatstown needs a hotel and needs accommodation.”

He said he hopes construction work can commence in the next 12 months on the project, adding: “I want it done in my lifetime. I want to give Goatstown a beautiful hotel and accommodation.”

Referring to the 7% annual levy for vacant sites he said: “This land is lying there. It needs to be developed or else we will be in trouble with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co Council.”

The publican was unsuccessful with a planning application at the site 15 years ago. But he said: “This is a much better plan and more suitable for the Goat and the whole site.”

The Goat Inn was his third pub which he purchased for IR£600,000 in 1982 and opened the following year. Lands at the pub site were purchased later on.

The Charjon plan put before the appeals board is part of a scramble by developers over the past five weeks to lodge ‘fast track’ residential plans.

Statistics show that for the period April 21 to May 22 last, developers lodged 22 separate fast track plans for a total of 5,661 residential units, with the vast majority relating to apartments for the Greater Dublin area.

The Goat is one of seven Chawke-owned pubs with a restaurant licence due to re-open this month.

Charlie Chawke said his licensed premises are currently being prepared to cater for the 2m social distant rule and capacity will down around 50%.

The six Dublin premises to open as restaurants are the Goat, The Old Orchard in Rathfarmham, Bank on College Green, Searson’s on Baggot Street, The Lord Lucan, and the Dropping Well.

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