A DEVELOPER IS trying to build a huge hotel with more than 400 rooms near Dublin Airport, despite a similar project recently being knocked back.
Dublin firm Carra Shore, a company headed up by Ireland-based businessman Jalaluddin Kajani, is seeking revisions to planning permission granted in 2008 for a 325-bed 10-storey hotel in Clonshaugh.
The site is just a few minutes away from the airport by car. If given the green light, the updated plan would see 421 rooms constructed as part of the 10-storey building instead of 325.
The development would also include meeting rooms as well as a cafe, restaurant and bar.
The proposal comes shortly after Carra Shore was refused permission to build a similar-sized hotel in a virtually identical location.
Earlier this year the company was given permission by Fingal County Council to construct a 427-room development in Clonshaugh.
However, An Bord Pleanála has overturned the decision after receiving complaints from local residents who claimed the project would cause increased traffic in the area, loss of privacy and security concerns.
The planning authority found that the proposed site for the 427-room hotel was located in an area earmarked for “high technology-type employment”. As such, hotels were not permitted to be built in the area.
It was also found that the site was located in an isolated area “that does not have the benefit of high capacity public transport”.
If the new 421-room hotel is built it would be among the five biggest hotels in Ireland.
It is also one of several hotel projects in the works in the area around Dublin Airport, as several builders look to either extend existing hotels or build new ones.
Notably, the DAA, the company that controls Dublin Airport, wants to build a hotel with more than 400 beds that would be adjacent to Terminal 2. However, it has had difficulties with tendering since announcing the project last year.