Five vacant two-storey buildings on Ashgrove Terrace, located on Dundrum’s main street, close to Dundrum Town Centre, will be refurbished, as part of plans to develop a new food hall, restaurant and revamped outdoor space.

One resident, who unsuccessfully tried to appeal to the national planning authority, had complained the scope of the new scheme was “too great” and that previous uses of the space for an ice rink, beer tents and an outdoor cinema had resulted in “ongoing noise problems”.

However, the good news for the area, is that it will create a 1,000 sq m restaurant and food hall, with entrances on the main street and the new square, as well as an outdoor seating area and a first-floor terrace, creating many jobs in the locality.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council granted permission for Dundrum Retail Partnership to develop a disused space, known as Pembroke Square, behind the dlr Mill theatre, as part of the project, after imposing stringent conditions on the development.

These deal mainly with the conservation of the existing buildings on Ashgrove Terrace, particularly that original sash windows and roof slates should be retained and repaired to maintain the “visual amenity” of the street.

Outdoor space activities will only be allowed during the shopping centre’s opening hours in the interest of local residents.

However, the council added that there will be an exception for a maximum of four separate, non-consecutive weeknights per year, when special events can continue until 10.30pm.

Operation of the outdoor space, will be used for events such as food and craft markets, exhibitions, an outdoor cinema, food and beverage stalls or retail concessions, will only be allowed during the shopping centre’s opening hours in the interest of local residents.

However the council added that there will be an exception for a maximum of four separate, non-consecutive weeknights per year, when special events can continue until 10.30pm.

The plans have been welcomed by An Taisce and community-based group Imagine Dundrum, but noted that the original character of Ashgrove Terrace should be maintained during the development.

One retailer in the area welcomed the news, saying that it is good for the area to have neighbours after 14 years of vacancy.