Additional info sought for plans to demolish Black Horse Inn

By Aideen O'Flaherty

ADDITIONAL information has been requested in relation to plans for the demolition of the Black Horse Inn and two adjoining houses on Tyrconnell Road in Inchicore, to make way for a 56-unit apartment block.

As reported in The Echo last March, the current planning application, which was submitted by Alanna Homes in February, mirrors a similar but unsuccessful planning application that was lodged by Tom Kelly last year, where he sought permission for a 56-unit apartment block.

Blackhorse Inn compressor

The Black Horse Inn at Inchicore

Mr Kelly’s application for planning permission at the site of the pub, which closed its doors in 2018, was refused as Dublin City Council stated that his plans did not adequately address flood risks.

In the current application for the site, Alanna Homes is seeking permission for the demolition of the pub and an adjoining pair of semi-detached houses at 229 and 231 Tyrconnell Road, in order to facilitate the construction of a 56-unit apartment block, ranging in height from three- to seven-storeys.

It is proposed that there will be 37 one-bedroom apartments and 19 two-bedroom apartments, and all of the units are to have balconies or ground floor terraces.

 The proposed development also provides for a ground floor café, with associated outdoor terrace, and vehicular access to the development will be from Tyrconnell Road, with a proposed car lift to the underground carpark.

The underground carpark is to accommodate 13 car parking spaces and 56 bicycle parking spaces.

At surface level, there will be four car spaces and 22 bicycle parking spaces, and the development also provides for all associated site development works, hard and soft landscaping, boundary treatments and ground floor refuse/storage/plant rooms, all on a site area of 0.16 hectares.

This month, Dublin City Council requested additional information from the applicant, in the form of an updated sightline drawing, and they stated that the council’s Drainage Department advised that the applicant’s Site Specific Flood Risk Assessment and Slope Stability Assessment Report “lacks adequate information”.

The local authority also stated that the subject site is located at a “key location for the enhancement of biodiversity and ecology” as it bounds both the Grand Canal and the River Camac, and consequently they have asked the applicant to carry out a risk assessment “to demonstrate that the proposed development will not result in deterioration of status [of] the water body.”

The applicant has six months from June 8, the date when the additional information was requested by the council, to submit the requested documents.

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