Another round – McCloskey’s housing plan pulled back

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Another round – McCloskey’s housing plan pulled back


'A number of locals lodged a flurry of objections to the proposal, with many citing a loss of daylight on the Morehampton Road as a significant deterrent' Stock picture
‘A number of locals lodged a flurry of objections to the proposal, with many citing a loss of daylight on the Morehampton Road as a significant deterrent’ Stock picture

One of Dublin’s best-known pubs will keep serving pints for the time being, after plans to turn it into a retail and residential development were rejected by the planning board.

McCloskey’s on the Morehampton Road in Donnybrook was sold by private treaty in 2017. Since then the new owners of the Dublin 4 drinking spot have been devising plans for the next chapter for the site.

OMS Architects were commissioned by owner Lispopple Point to make the best use of the development. The architects proposed seven apartments spread across three separate blocks at the back of the building with a retail space to the front.

The proposed build would have included the demolition of much of the adored pub, but its facade would have remained in place.

A number of locals lodged a flurry of objections to the proposal, with many citing a loss of daylight on the Morehampton Road as a significant deterrent. Other issues raised were cited around a right of way and an increased demand for on-street parking by would-be occupiers.

An Bord Pleanala’s planning inspector ended up agreeing with the residents, as did the board. The inspector ruled that some of the apartments in the proposal would have had insufficient daylight and that the communal space would have been of insufficient quality.

His report also said the development would have depreciated the value of nearby properties, which must have been a very welcome conclusion for local residents.

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