Teeling Whiskey opposes nine-storey Dublin apartment scheme

Proposed D8 development would include 33 units, but labelled ‘excessive’ by whiskey firm

Teeling Whiskey operates a micro distillery beside the proposed development site.

Teeling Whiskey operates a micro distillery beside the proposed development site.

 

Teeling Whiskey claims a planned nine-storey apartment scheme for the Newmarket area in Dublin 8 is “excessive” and would have a “severe” impact on its operations.

The whiskey company, which operates a micro distillery beside the proposed development site, has appealed Dublin City Council’s decision to grant permission for a 33-unit apartment scheme fronting Newmarket and Mill Street.

The developer is Creedon Group.

In documents lodged with the appeals board, planning consultants acting on behalf of Teelings, Cunnane Stratton Reynolds, said the scheme “is too large, too tall and too close” to the distillery business. Teelings also operates a visitor centre that attracted 100,000 to 125,000 visitors per year pre-pandemic.

The consultants said the nine-storey height “is excessive” and described the likely project impact as “severe”.

They noted that Teeling supports the development of the appeal site in principle and did not object when plans were lodged for a 2017 scheme that reached to six storeys in height.

Support

The Dublin Liberties Distillery, whose whiskey brands include the Dubliner, has submitted a letter in support of the Teeling Whiskey appeal.

The letter said the company feels “strongly that our business will be adversely affected should planning permission be granted”.

The Liberties distillery is calling on An Bord Pleanála to refuse permission “because of the substantial and negative effect that the appealed development would have on our business”.

The council’s planning report recommending that permission be granted concluded that “redevelopment of the site for [a] mixed use residential led scheme is acceptable taking into account the zoning of the site”.

The report noted that the scheme “will not detract from the residential or visual amenities of the area”.

A decision is due on the appeal in March.