Planning permission has been granted by An Bord Pleanála for a 192-bed hostel and café just off Morrison's Quay in the city centre with revised conditions after locals objected.
The development will include the demolition of a currently vacant building on the site after planning was granted to applicant Eoin Sheehan.
This site is situated on the southern side of Fitton Street East and connects with Keeffe Street and Catherine Street.
The proposal entails the demolition of the existing building on the site and the construction in its place of a four-storey building with 64-bed spaces on each floor with a contemporary design.
The site itself has a street-fronted part single storey/part two storey building upon it, which is vacant having been last used as a commercial gym.
To the east, the building adjoins a two storey dwelling house with an integral garage and a converted roof space.
An objection on behalf of local residents at a neighbouring property stated that the only outdoor space available to them is a small yard to the rear of the site which would be greatly impacted on and the four-storey building would obstruct light and dominate the view from windows and the yard.
The objectors also stated that the development is not in line with the current streetscape has no building of comparable height are currently on the street.
They added the development would generate noise and disturbance to existing residents, especially at antisocial hours.
The applicant replied that the original proposal at the pre-application stage was for a six-storey building. This was revised to four storeys and he states that further revisions would be “unreasonable” and they would both render the project unviable and lead to the underdevelopment of the site.
He added the site lies within predominantly a commercial area rather than a residential one. Thus, with redevelopment, the area is unlikely to be “a quiet area” in the future.
The Board's inspector has stated the proposal would be an appropriate land use under the zoning objectives set for the site.
Planning permission is subject to a number of conditions including the enlargement of windows in 12 bedrooms on three floors and public lighting being provided in advance of the hostel opening.