A Singapore-based businessman who was refused permission to build a hotel on the site of an art gallery and yoga studio in Dublin city centre has appealed against the decision.
Propco Limited, which is owned by the hotelier Stanley Quek, applied to Dublin city council to build a 25-bed hotel at 24-25 Frederick Street to operate as an extension to the Trinity Townhouse Hotel.
The developer applied for change of use from “art gallery, retail, yoga studio and offices”, but the council discovered that space described as offices on the second and third floors was in fact “laid out as apartments” and in “residential use within the last year”. Quek denies they were in residential use.
Last month the council refused permission on the ground that granting it would result in the loss of apartments in a rent pressure zone at a time when housing was “scarce”. Last week the decision was appealed
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