An Bord Pleanála Rejects Conor McGregor's €Multi-MillionApartment BlockPlan

An Bord Pleanála rejected Conor McGregor's plan to build an 8-story, 113-unit apartment block in Dublin due to excessive density and lack of private amenity space. The decision upheld Dublin City Council's initial planning refusal, citing overdevelopment concerns and impact on local residents.

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An Bord Pleanála Rejects Conor McGregor's €Multi-MillionApartment BlockPlan

An Bord Pleanála Rejects Conor McGregor's €Multi-MillionApartment BlockPlan

An Bord Pleanála has rejected Conor McGregor's plans to build a multi-million euro, eight-story, 113-unit apartment block in Drimnagh, Dublin 12. The appeals board cited excessive density, lack of private amenity space, and overdevelopment concerns as the primary reasons for refusing planning permission for the mixed-use scheme proposed by McGregor's company, Emrajare Ltd.

Why this matters: This decision highlights the importance of balancing urban development with community concerns and environmental sustainability. It also underscores the need for careful planning and consideration of the impact of large-scale projects on local residents and the environment.

The proposed development, Marble Arch LRD, would have involved the demolition of the Marble Arch pub, which McGregor purchased for a reported €1.5m to €2m three years ago. The scheme consisted of 57 two-bed units, 53 one-bed units, and three studios, along with a restaurant/bar/cafe, a gym, and a retail unit on the 0.72-acre site at Benbulbin Road, Drimnagh.

Over 20 objections were lodged against the scheme by locals, including elderly residents who expressed concerns about privacy, noise, and devaluation of their properties. Maureen Clancy, a local resident, stated: "I don't want the wall at the end of my garden touched or upset... We like our privacy. After all, it is not too much to ask for?" Objections

An Bord Pleanála refused planning permission on three separate grounds. The board stated that the scheme would provide a significantly excessive density of units per hectare, lack private amenity space for a significant number of apartments leading to substandard residential amenity, and constitute overdevelopment causing significant overbearing and overlooking of existing houses on Galtymore Road.

McGregor's company had offered to reduce the scale of the scheme by more than one-third to a 72-apartment, 6-story block. However, the appeals board noted that the revised proposals lacked necessary detail, including floor plans and a Housing Quality Assessment, deeming the alternative insufficient.

The decision, issued on Friday, comes after Dublin City Council's initial planning refusal for the scheme in January. McGregor, known for his successful MMA career and business dealings, has deep pockets to fund the venture. His company, Emrajare Ltd, had investment properties with a book value of €21.46 million at the end of December 2022.