The future of a key hub for traditional music in Dublin – the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield – will remain in doubt into April 2022 at the earliest.
As expected, the developers, Marron Estates, have lodged an appeal against Dublin City Council’s recent decision to refuse planning permission for its scheme to build a 114-bedroom, nine-storey hotel around and over the protected structure of the King Street pub. The council’s refusal followed an extensive ‘Save The Cobblestone’ campaign which resulted in over 700 objections being lodged against the scheme.
In refusing planning permission for the plan, Dublin City Council stated that the proposed development “would be overbearing and significantly out of scale and character with the prevailing architectural context, and would represent substantial over-development of this highly sensitive site.”
The Council added that the proposed scheme would also be contrary to the City’s development plan’s provisions on culture since it would also involve the loss of the existing backroom area to the rear of Cobblestone public house, which has been established as a space for teaching and performing traditional music.
Among the 700 plus objections was one from the Arts Council whose Director, Maureen Kennelly, warned the planning authority that “the medium term closure during construction – and likely reduction in the physical and social footprint of the Cobblestone pub and live music venue on completion – would be a significant cultural loss to the Smithfield area and the city of Dublin.”
In light of the appeal to An Bord Pleanála, the parties involved in the process will havc opportunities to make further submissions before a final decision is made – most likely in April 2022.