Additional info submitted for 53-bedroom boutique hotel

By Aideen O'Flaherty

SIGNIFICANT additional information has been submitted in relation to plans for the development of a 53-bedroom boutique hotel on the Lower Kennelsfort Road in Palmerstown, to replace the existing Palmerstown Lodge Guest House.

Gerald O’Connor lodged a planning application with South Dublin County Council last July, seeking permission for the development of the hotel to replace an existing 29-bedroom guesthouse at the same site.

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The guesthouse in Palmerstown

The proposed boutique hotel is to consist of new and retained two- and three-storey elements enclosing a central courtyard with a new café bar, a dining area and a meeting room with associated ancillary areas.

Permission is also being sought for the demolition of parts of the existing two storey semi-detached guest house buildings, the change of use from guest house use to hotel use at first floor and the existing two-storey wing facing southwest (side) boundary.

The proposed hotel use will also be in a new two-storey wing to northeast (side) boundary, a new three-storey wing with corner feature and lift facing southeast (rear) boundary, a new three-storey central wing and a new first floor extension facing northwest (front) boundary.

The two existing entrances/exits at the site are to be replaced with one wider pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular access point to be served by a wider yellow box junction.

Provision for the realignment of front site boundary and transfer of land to the council to support the National Transport Authority's proposed objectives is included in the application.

The transfer of land is to be carried out in tandem with South Dublin County Council for improvements to the adjoining Lower Kennelsfort Road, including the realigning and widening of the public pathway and creating dual cycleways.

There is also to be a revised site layout with proposed service yard, 15 cycle spaces, and 31 car spaces, including two universal access spaces and four electric charging point spaces.

The council requested additional information from the developer last August, and after receiving an extension for the time period by which the information has to be supplied, the developer submitted the documents this month.

The additional information included details about surface water manholes, an infiltration test report, a swept path analysis, a topographic survey, a SUDS report and an arboricultural impact assessment and method statement.

A decision on the application is due from the local authority by June 22.

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