Company part-owned by U2 frontman Bono lodges objection to planned apartment scheme for Dalkey in Dublin

A company part-owned by U2 frontman Bono is objecting to a planned apartment scheme for Dalkey in south Dublin.

he owner of the Tramyard site in Dalkey, Clós Nua Ltd, has lodged a hard-hitting objection with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. In the objection, it claims a proposed three-storey, eight-unit apartment scheme next door on Dalkey’s Castle Street will “devalue” the company’s Tramyard site.

Bono has a one-third share in Clós Nua Ltd that is behind plans to regenerate the Tramyard site.

Clós Nua Ltd secured planning permission to redevelop the former tram terminus site in the center of the south Dublin village in August 2021, in the face of stiff local opposition.

In total, 48 parties, including Dalkey Community Council, made submissions to the County Council on Clós Nua’s contentious Tramyard plan which includes retail outlets, restaurants and bars around a planned public plaza.

An Bord Pleanála gave the scheme the go-ahead but only after quashing the company’s proposal for a rooftop bar and restaurant.

Now, consultants for Clós Nua – also part-owned by Belfast-born hotelier and property developer Paddy McKillen Snr – have claimed that the new eight-unit apartment scheme is “unacceptable”.

Clós Nua purchased the Tramyard site for a reported €3m to allow the regeneration plans to be lodged.

Planning consultant for Clós Nua, Suzanne McClure of Brock McClure, has claimed that the apartment scheme “represents significant overdevelopment that is entirely disproportionate for this small infill site”.

Ms McClure claims that the apartments would ultimately devalue the Tramyard site and adversely impact its vitality and viability along with that of Castle Street.

In July, Elaine Wann lodged plans with Dun Laoghaire County Council for the apartment scheme.

In her submission on behalf of the Tramyard owners, Ms McClure has told the Council that “construction on the (Tramyard) project is due to commence in the near future”.

The objection states that Clós Nua “has serious concerns” relating to the Wann proposal and has called on the Council to refuse planning permission.

Ms McClure claims that the scheme will have a “disproportionate impact” on the Tramyard site.

She states adds that the scheme “is inappropriate, presents overdevelopment and is incongruous in the context of surrounding buildings”.

Ms McClure further argues that the scheme “would constitute a form of development out of character and unsympathetic to its location in a conservation area in the center of the Heritage Town of Dalkey”.

A decision is due on the application next week.

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