Objections to Sheldon Park Hotel apart-hotel on the Old Naas Road
By Maurice Garvey
RESIDENTS have objected to plans by the Sheldon Hotel to construct an apart-hotel on Old Naas Road.
An Bord Pleanála and Dublin City Council rejected plans in 2015 by the hotel for a development containing 33 suites.
Aircourt Ltd – who trade as Sheldon Hotel – initially planned to demolish cottages 11-14 on Old Naas Road and build a four-storey apart-hotel complex containing 33 suites – reduced from an earlier application of 38 suites.
The cottages are owned by the company and occupied on short-term lettings.
In November, the hotel put in an application with the council for a smaller development containing a three storey development of two blocks, comprising 23 apart-hotel suites, six two-bedroom apartments situated around a central landscaped courtyard, along with the demolition of cottages 11-14 on Old Naas Road.
Planning authorities rejected the earlier proposal based on “scale and height” of the project and cited the “historical value” of cottages “dating from 1908.”
A number of objections have been lodged with the council for the latest proposal, including a submission by Independent Councillor Paul Hand.
Cllr Hand said it was “somewhat strange” that the proposals to build six apartments will lead to “no net increase in housing supply” and people will be “unable to live on site”.
He said it would be a “retrograde step” and labeled the aparthotel as a “bad neighbor” development.
Concerns have been raised within the council’s Road and Traffic Planning Division regarding access, and the applicants are encouraged to contact Parks “in the event that the subject site cannot provide 10 per cent of site area for public open space.”
Dublin City Council have asked the applicants to provide clarification on car parking layouts and provide drawings for cycle parking, communal open space, and section drawings of both proposed structures.