A PLAN to develop a private members club at the site of the infamous Stardust Ballroom in Artane, Dublin has been rejected by An Bord Pleanála.
The dismissal marks the second rejection of the application which was turned down by Dublin City Council last December.
Under the proposal, the family of Patrick Butterly who own the property, applied for a change of use relating to the Artane House Pub.
In a statement issued yesterday, An Bord Pleanála said the intended development did not fit in with the zoning criteria attached to the site.
“The proposed development is in an area zoned as Z6 for which the land use objective is to provide for the creation of enterprise to facilitate opportunities for employment creation as set out in the Dublin City development plan.
“The proposed use of the site as a private members club is neither a permissible use nor a use stated for consideration.”
The rejection of the application was welcomed by Fine Gael TD for Dublin North-East Terence Flanagan who said such a development would be disrespectful to the 48 people who lost their lives at the Stardust Fire on the night of February 13th, 1981.