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Plans are being proposed to redevelop the former tram terminus

Plans are being proposed to redevelop the former tram terminus

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Plans are being proposed to redevelop the former tram terminus

A COMPANY part-owned by U2's lead singer Bono has been accused of trying to create a new Temple Bar in the centre of Dalkey over its plans to redevelop a former tram terminus in the centre of the south Dublin village.

Locals, as well as Dalkey Community Council, have lodged an appeal against the recent decision of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to approve the proposed redevelopment of The Tramyard on Castle Street in Dalkey by development firm Clós Nua.

However, the company, which is one-third owned by Bono, is also appealing the ruling to An Bord Pleanála as it was required to scale back its plans for the site.

Clós Nua wants to demolish most of the buildings apart from protected structures to develop a four-storey over-basement building consisting of a bar and restaurant, café, health centre, retail kiosks, cultural spaces, offices and a public plaza.

It is appealing the decision requiring it to omit a pavilion and roof garden on the top floor.

The developers claim the pavilion is a focal point of the scheme.

Vibrancy

They said that they had already reduced the area of the top floor by 55pc.

The company claims the redevelopment will "add to the vibrancy of the town centre in Dalkey and provide the community with many amenities currently lacking from the town".

Clós Nua bought the 0.8-acre site for a reported €3m in 2018. However, residents from St Patrick's Road in Dalkey have expressed disbelief at how plans "so unsuitable to its environment in a heritage setting" could be lodged.

One resident, Gerard Irvine, an architect, said: "The whole prospect of a new 'Temple Bar' in the centre of our town by single-minded developers who do not live in the immediate locality and wish for commercial reasons to make Dalkey a 'destination' has little merit."

Chairperson of Dalkey Community Council, Dr Susan McDonnell, said it was also "totally unrealistic and unacceptable" for the developers to propose a scheme of such size without providing parking provision.

A ruling on the appeals is due by the end of May.

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