More than 4,000 hotel beds to be completed in Dublin this year


The number of hotel beds in Dublin is set to increase by over 4,000 this year according to a new report.

The data shows that 4,177 new beds are due to be completed before the end of 2021.

The extra tourist accommodation will boost existing stock in the capital of 24,000 by 17 per cent.

The extra beds will boost overall stock in the city by nearly one-fifth, according to the report by construction consultants Mitchell McDermott.

But a lot of the new hotel schemes due to start construction this year are on hold because of Covid restrictions.

The firm’s 2021 outlook document assessed future development trends across the Irish residential, hotel, student accommodation and data centre sectors.

The number of potential units in Strategic Housing Developments (SHDs) in Dublin that have either halted production or are held up by judicial reviews jumped by more than 1,000% last year also.

The SHD scheme, established in 2017 to increase housing, allows developers to seek permission for 100 residential units or more to bypass local authorities and apply directly to An Bord Pleanala.

But developers have complained that the fast-track process is being frustrated by judicial reviews of the planning decisions.

According to the report, only 508 potential housing units were affected by judicial reviews in Dublin in 2019, but that figure jumped to 5,802 last year.

An author of the report said that the increase in judicial reviews is a worrying trend.

Paul Mitchell said: “The SHD process was designed to fast-track the planning process for residential units in order to alleviate the current housing supply crisis.”

He noted that 30% of units in these developments were stalled due to the judicial process, compared to 4% in 2019.

“The country’s annual residential output is 20,000 units, so that puts that figure in context and shows the disproportionate effect these reviews are having on potential developments,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said an SHD application process takes about 40 weeks to complete.

“If a SHD planning permission is quashed, for whatever reason, the application has to be resubmitted to An Bord Pleanala.

“This will take four to six months, adding substantial costs to a development,” he continued.

“We would like to see a more measured approach adopted whereby if permission is quashed due to relatively minor administrative issues, the applicant does not have to restart the process again.”

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Source: Dublin News