Hotel group resubmits updated plans for Dublin Airport hotel

While it already received planning permission to develop the airport hotel, Carra Shore is looking to boost the approved guestroom number to 427. Image: Nate Eagleson / CC BY 2.0

Dublin's Carra Shore has resubmitted its plans to develop a 10-story hotel near Dublin Airport. The hotel group sent revamped plans to An Bord Pleanála after the original set was rejected in October 2017. 

Carra Shore dropped the number of guestrooms from 427 to 421 in its new application. The Fingal County Council approved the original plans for the hotel at the Clonshaugh site in April 2017 ahead of An Bord Pleanála's rejection.

Residents living nearby have opposed the new hotel project, claiming it would negatively impact existing residential areas and obstruct their privacy. An Bord Pleanála reinforced this opposition by stating that the hotel would be in an isolated area of the city that has limited access to public transport links.

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Over the past decade, numerous hotel developers have tried to build in this area. Carra Shore's initial planning request was placed in 2008 for a hotel with 325 guestrooms. The group received permission, but it's looking to bump up the number of guestrooms. If the revised plans are approved, the hotel will be one of the largest in Ireland.  

The area surrounding Dublin Airport has been seeing a significant uptick in hotel investment through expanding existing hotels or constructing new ones. For example, Dalata adding 140 guestrooms to its existing Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport, which now has 469 guestrooms and suites. The DAA, the company that operates the airport, has been eyeing opportunities to develop a hotel with more than 400 guestrooms next to Terminal 2, but has faced numerous issues pulling in funding for the project.