The plans to build an eight storey budget hotel and an eight storey aparthotel block on the old site of Ned's pub in Dublin's city centre has been granted planning approval.
Tetrarch capital, the owner of the Citywest Hotel, applied for planning approval last year.
Upon completion, the project, worth €65 million, will be one of the largest tourist accommodation blocks in the country with 595 units, a restaurant and an apartment block of 21 units included in the development.
The plans were approved last year by Dublin city council but an appeal by the board of management of City Quay National School stalled the project.
In a review of the plans, an inspector advised that planning permission should be refused because the demolition of the existing site would be contrary to best conservation practice and to “the objectives regarding heritage protection”.
The inspector also highlighted that the height of the hotel would exceed the maximum limit set for this location under the Dublin city development plan.
Despite the recommendation to refuse permission, the development was approved by the national authority.
According to Fora.ie, the planning board said that demolition of Ned’s pub and adjacent buildings was acceptable because they aren't recorded as protected structures.
An Bord Pleanála also noted that the height of the development would be in line height restrictions outlined in the Ireland 2040 national planning framework.