Donnybrook Hotel plan rejected

Plans by the Scally family  to break into the Dublin market have suffered a setback after its proposal for a €50m new five-star hotel was rejected.

Dublin City Council has refused planning permission to Donnybrook Hotel, a company owned by hoteliers, Joe and Margaret Scally, for a hotel on the site of the former St Mary’s College in Donnybrook.

The Scallys, who own the Hayfield Family Collection that includes the five-star Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork as well as the Killarney Royal Hotel and the Great Southern Hotel in Killarney, had hoped to convert and extend the former Carmelite seminary on Bloomfield Avenue in Donnybrook into a luxury hotel complete with spa facility including indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

However, Dublin City Council has rejected the project claiming it did not meet the zoning objective of the 1.2-hectare site as 25% of the land was not set aside for open space and/or community facilities.
Council planners also ruled that the proposed development due to its height would adversely impact the setting of the former college which is a protected structure as well as an adjacent terrace of listed buildings.
In its planning application, Donnybrook Hotel said it was committed to carrying out a high-quality hotel development that would have regard to the features, character and protected status of the former college.



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