Sunday 15 October 2023

Council gives green light for revamp of protected structure building on O'Connell Street

 DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has given the green light to Hammerson plc’s latest phase of its planned €500 million transformation plan for Dublin city centre. The development is opposed by some politicians including Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams. The Council has granted planning permission to Hammerson-owned Dublin Central GP Ltd for the revamp of a protected structure – 61 O’Connell Street Upper – that comprises the conservation, repair, refurbishment and adaptive reuse of the existing four storey commercial building. The scheme is to include two licensed restaurant/cafe units with takeaway/collection facilities, three two-bed apartments and a gym/leisure studio at basement level. The Council has granted planning permission after concluding that the proposal would be in accordance with Development Plan policy which support bringing upper floors into use, reducing vacancy and rehabilitating and re-using existing older buildings. The Council concluded that the proposed development is unlikely to have a negative impact on the amenities of adjoining properties.

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