Developer Lioncor to build apartments on €18m half acre Dublin site bought in 201

Irish housebuilder Lioncor Developments received the green light from An Bord Pleanála to build 63 apartments on the site formerly occupied by Gowan Motors on the Merrion Road in Dublin 4.

The developer, led by chief executive John Maxwell, got permission from the State’s planning appeals board after local residents objected to the plan and appealed the permission granted by Dublin City Council in February of this year.

The roughly half-acre site was sold in 2018 by the Gowan Group for an estimated €18 million, The Irish Times reported at the time. Formerly a Peugeot dealership, the site had been in operation for over 30 years but the limitations with the site meant operations couldn’t be expanded.

Lioncor’s permission for 143 Merrion Road will see the existing car showroom buildings demolished and one apartment block of up to six storeys built. There will be 17 one-bedroom apartments, 34 two-bedroom apartments and 12 three-bedroom apartments. All units will have a terrace or balcony.