Chinese restaurant lodges legal challenge to South Dublin Homeless Hostel

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A legal challenge to a South Dublin homeless hostel has been lodged by two companies – one of which has operated a restaurant out of the development site for 15 years.

Dublin City Council deemed The Peter McVerry Trust’s plan to turn a hotel into a homeless hostel exempt from change of use planning in November.

The site on 99-100 Lower Baggot Street – which is just around the corner from St Stephen’s Green – hosted Latchford’s Townhouse and Boutique Hotel for several decades before it went up for sale.

The Georgian buildings hit the market at a guiding price of €5 million earlier this year and the homeless charity has applied for funding to purchase the building through the Capital Assistance Scheme.

The side-by-side four-storey buildings are listed as protected structures, and feature two mews at the rear of the property.

The companies behind the Judicial Review of DCC’s decision to grant the exemption – HT Financial Services Limited and Get the Tables Limited – both own businesses on the street.

HT Financial Services’s registered address is next door to the development and has been trading there for 17 years while Get the Tables owns the Chinese restaurant Chai-Yo which has operated out of the same building as the development for 15 years.

Dublin Live understands that a number of residents living in the area are supporting the companies’ legal challenge following a number of meetings of concerned locals.

The Judicial Review papers were filed on Wednesday but it has been adjourned until February next year.

The papers, which were seen by Dublin Live, are seeking “An Order of Certiorari quashing the decision of the Dublin City Council” that the development is exempt from planning permission.

The Peter McVerry Trust sought to exempt the development from planning permission through an application lodged with Dublin City Council on October 5.

The application argued a change of use planning application is not warranted because the only change will be the socio-economic class of those inhabiting the building.

Dublin City Council, through their aegis Dublin Region Homeless Executive, has plans to enter an agreement with the Peter McVerry Trust to provide homeless accommodation at the site.

Dublin Region Homeless Executive Director Mary Hayes said the executive plans to enter a “Service Level Agreement” with the Peter McVerry Trust, who will be the property owners, to provide emergency accommodation at the properties.

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