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Bono’s proposal for Dalkey bar quashed by planners

U2 lead singer Bono had planned to build a rooftop bar and restaurant in Dalkey but his proposal has been quashed by planners, citing the visual amenity in the south Dublin village.

Property investor Paddy McKillen was among the backers for the redevelopment of the Tramyard site, which was met by local objection when the plans were submitted in 2019.

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Planning permission was granted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council with conditions for the mixed-use project, which will include a roof pavilion and garden, retail and cultural space, bar and restaurant use, as well as office and healthcare use.

The decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála by Dalkey Community Council, the company behind the plan Clós Nua, as well as various individuals.

An Bord Pleanála gave another go-ahead this week for the project but on the condition that a third-floor pavilion, walkway and garden are excluded from the plan.

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The board stated, “A complete set of revised drawings showing compliance with this requirement shall be submitted to and agreed in writing with the planning authority prior to commencement of development,”.

The board said that the reason for this condition was in the interest of visual amenity, “having regard to the location of the site in the Dalkey architectural conservation area and the proximity of the site to protected structures”.

The board added that the overall development would not seriously affect the visual amenities of the area or the residential amenities of property in the vicinity.

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