An Taisce is one of approximately 700 parties to have made a submission opposing the plans for a 114-bedroom hotel at the site of the renowned Cobblestone pub, No. 77 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7, a protected structure. The site also includes Nos. 78, 79 and 80 North King Street, the latter of which is also a protected structure. Issues raised include:

- The application site has a prominent situation at the northern termination of the long rectangular urban space of Smithfield, an historic market place originating in the late-17th century

- The proposed development represents major over-development of a site containing two protected structures

- The development is crudely and obtrusively designed, overbearing on and engulfing the protected structures

- It would fundamentally and adversely change the spatial layout of the much-loved Irish traditional music venue, the Cobblestone, a cultural asset and attraction of the city

- It would severely encroach on the curtilage and fabric of an adjoining conserved Georgian house and protected structure at No. 81

A high degree of sensitivity is required when developing adjacent to or extending protected structures so as to avoid adverse effect and preserve and protect their existing character, setting, special interest and amenities

- The provision of another hotel in the area will result in a significant planning overhang of this use and will fail to contribute to a balanced and appropriate mix of uses as required by the subject city-centre land-use zoning

- The proposal is incompatible with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area and should be refused permission

Full submission: