WATERFORD City & County Council planners have refused planning permission to the company that owns the former Doyle’s Bar at 64 Barrack Street, for a four-storey apartment complex on the site. Specifically, the company ‘Dunrobin Leisure Ltd., t/a Doyles Bar’ were looking to build one one-bedroom apartment on the ground floor of the existing Doyle’s Bar and one one-bedroom apartment on the first floor, and then the construction of a three-storey building to the rear of the existing pub that would comprise of two one-bedroom apartments on the ground floor, two one-bedroom apartments on the second floor and two one-bedroom apartments on the third floor.
In refusing permission, the planners took the location and scale of the development into consideration and decided that the proposal as submitted would result in “overlooking and loss of privacy”, which they said would constitute an “over-dominating presence in relation to the adjoining property”.
They also noted that the development and proposed location of windows would “seriously impede the development potential of adjoining sites”. There were also a number of issues relating to the design and size of the proposed apartments as well as insufficient information provided as to the water supply of the complex.
Ultimately, the planners felt that the proposal, which received a number of submissions and objections from local residents, would have an “over-dominating presence” in the area and would “seriously injure the amenities of the area and property on either side by reason of visual obtrusiveness, overshadowing, overlooking and loss of privacy”.