Plans to develop six storey hotel threatens future of Portobello Harbour, say locals

The proposals would see the demolition of Portobello College to facilitate a new 178-bedroom hotel.

Portobello locals say the future of its scenic harbour is under threat following proposals by a property company to develop a 178-bedroom hotel beside it - writes

Last month, Clontarf-based development company MKN Property Group submitted plans to Dublin City Council to build the hotel at 17 Portobello Harbour and Portobello College.

The development would see the demolition of the two to four storey buildings that make up Portobello College, in order to facilitate the construction of the six storey hotel.

The 5,775 sq. m hotel, which would front on to the square beside Portobello Bridge, would contain a bar, restaurant and gym, as well as meeting rooms, a canopy entrance onto the existing square and a roof plant area.

However, locals have organised a campaign called 'Save Portobello Harbour' in response, saying the planned development threatens a community that already lacks public spaces.

According to a petition organised by the campaign, which has attracted over 3,700 signatures, the hotel will also be out of keeping with other buildings in the area.

Campaigners argue that the scale of the proposed building will impact on neighbouring buildings and even create traffic congestion in the area.

The petition adds: "Portobello plaza has been an instrumental part of Irish skateboarding and has consistently been utilized by young people for the last decade, in harmony with local residents who have no immediate facilities for children.

"The development of a 178bed hotel on the site will undoubtably [sic] restrict locals and those who are not using the hotels [sic] services from using this public space for markets, skateboarding, biking, ball games & all other activities that occur here on a regular basis".

The final date for observations to Dublin City Council about the proposal is December 19, with a decision on the development expected next year.

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