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Ergo: Neighbours see red as build time extended for CyrusOne

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Hayfield Manor in Cork — the group behind it want to build a new hotel in Dublin
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Hayfield Manor in Cork — the group behind it want to build a new hotel in Dublin

Global data centre builder CyrusOne is facing its latest battle over a huge data centre project at Grange Castle Business Park in south Dublin.

After the ban on construction caused by the pandemic was lifted, CyrusOne was granted an amendment to its planning permission, allowing work to be carried out from 7am to 11pm from Monday to Saturday and 7am to 7pm on Sunday between now and November.

The change has angered local residents whose homes are close to the €400m development. They have complained to the local authority's planning enforcement office to try to have the amendment overturned.

They argue the developer is not unique in facing Covid-19 disruption and should not be allowed to cause disruption late into the evening for its neighbours. Residents told Ergo they are considering legal action if all else fails.

They have recordings of construction noise which they say occurred late in the evening. "All works associated with the derogations are internal and seek not to disturb the surrounding areas in any manner," Matt Pullen, EVP Managing Director Europe, CyrusOne, told Ergo. But the spat is the latest bad publicity for a sector which, while lucrative to the overall economy, is controversial due to the huge amounts of water and energy resources it requires, with little direct local employment payback post-construction.

The last thing the sector needs, if Dublin is to remain a welcoming home for its huge facilities, is for a major industry player to be embroiled in a public face-off with upset neighbours.

 

Donnybrook Hotel appeals against council rejection

Donnybrook Hotel, a company owned by hoteliers Joe and Margaret Scally, has submitted an appeal over Dublin City Council’s decision to reject its proposal for a €50m five-star property to An Bord Pleanála.

The Scallys, who own the Hayfield Family Collection group of hotels, are looking to build a hotel on the site of the former St Mary’s College in Donnybrook, which is a protected structure. Last year, Mark Scally, financial director of the Hayfield Family Collection, said the company expected to invest at least €50m in developing the hotel, which would have 195 guest rooms.

Ergo has seen a notice of the appeal, posted on An Bord Pleanála’s website, which states that it was lodged at the beginning of the month. The case is due to be decided by the national planning appeals board on October 12.

 

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Full of colourful characters, it could be described as an investment thriller. It is a story of its time, but the moral — that just because you want something to be true does not make it so — would seem apt for today’s world in which some people think they know more than the scientists do.

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