Appeal for development of Horse and Jockey site refused

By Aideen O'Flaherty 

AN APPEAL against Dublin City Council’s decision to refuse permission for the development of two apartment blocks on the site of the Horse and Jockey Pub in Inchicore has been unsuccessful.

Applicant Wingthorpe Ltd, which lists co-owner of the Horse and Jockey, Ann McManus, as one of its directors, submitted a planning application last September seeking permission for the demolition of the Horse and Jockey Pub, a two-storey dwelling and a motorcycle workshop on Emmet Road.

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The Horse and Jockey pub site in Inchicore

It was proposed that the demolition would make way for the construction of two apartment blocks, to contain five one-bedroom apartments, nine two-bedroom apartments and five three-bedroom apartments, to make a total of 19 apartments in the proposed development.

Provision for 18 car-parking spaces, the construction of a new vehicular/fire tender access point at Myra Close, landscaped open space, and a commercial/office unit on the ground floor of the second apartment block was included in the application.

The council refused permission for the development last November, stating that the proposed development would contain “inadequate separation distances” and “would result in residential development which promotes overlooking within the scheme”.

Permission was also refused on the grounds that the development would involve the replacement of “neighbourhood facilities” with a “largely residential scheme”, contrary to the zoning objective Z3 – to provide for and improve neighbourhood facilities.

Wingthorpe lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála last December, with the appeals board ultimately deciding to uphold the DCC refusal to grant planning permission for the development.

ABP cited an “inadequate separation distance” between the two apartment blocks leading to “excessive overlooking” and an “unacceptable degree” of overshadowing, and the contravention of zoning objective Z3 as being the reason for their decision to refuse to grant permission for the development.

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