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What’s happening with the former Annesley Motors site?

In recent weeks, Ballybough residents have been in touch with me seeking clarity or an update on the plans for the former Annesley Motors site along Ballybough Road.

At the July monthly meeting of Council, I took the opportunity indicate whether any pre-planning application meetings have taken place with regards the potential redevelopment of this site. The Chief Executive responded to my questioning to state that there exists “a live permission on this site for the redevelopment of (details supplied) to provide a retail unit and medical/media related uses. The proposal was originally refused by Dublin City Council in 2012  (Reg Ref 2720/12)  but granted by An Bord Pleanala. The permitted development did not commence during the 5 year period following grant. However, an application to extend the duration of permission was lodged in 2018 and an extension of the duration of the permission was granted until 23/8/23.”

The Senior Planner also informed me that planning permission granted by both the City Council and An Bord Plenala for the provision of ancillary off-licence sales area within the permitted retail unit (Reg. Ref. 2720/12). Furthermore, since the site was acquired, LIDL lodged an application on April 2nd last to “extend the duration of the above permission to provide ancillary off-licence sales area within the permitted retail unit (Reg. Ref. 2720/12; Bord Ref: PL.29N.241568).” I understand that a decision is due to be made by July 17th next.

Finally, I can also confirm that in the event that “a planning application is lodged at a future date for new or amended development, any pre-planning records will be published”. Should such meetings occur, I will make sure to share those details and that of any subsequent planning application.

If you have any questions or queries arising from the details provided, please email me at

raymcadam View All

Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City

Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee

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