Additional info requested into Blue Gardenia plans

By Aideen O'Flaherty

SOUTH Dublin County Council has requested additional information in relation to plans for the change of use of part of the ground floor of the Blue Gardenia in Brittas to facilitate five en-suite guest rooms.

The landmark pub was shut for several years and went on the market in 2013, before being sold with a guide price of €320k in 2018 and re-opening shortly thereafter.

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The Blue Gardenia in Brittas

The pub was purchased by Ciara Ryan from Dundrum and Gregory Fahy from Ticknock who, shortly after the purchase, said they aimed to retain the traditional charm of the pub.

Edward Fahy lodged a planning application with the council last March, seeking permission for the change of use of the partial ground floor area of the public house, for use as five en-suite guest rooms.

On July 3, the council requested additional information from the applicant, including the submission of justification for the proposal, and how it would “comply with relevant South Dublin County Council Development Plan 2016-2022 policy in relation to the proposed use, tourism and the location and suitability of the site to accommodate a guest house.”

The local authority also requested that the applicant submit details of the proposed operation of the guest house and its compatibility with the existing pub, a report on the suitability of the site to receive treated wastewater, and an Appropriate Assessment Screening Report.

The applicant has six months to submit the requested additional information.

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