Planning has been granted for a major equine centre in Dublin

The site has had a colorful past...

Bord Pleanala has granted approval for Galway developer Luke Comer’s plans for a major equine centre at the former Kilternan Sports Complex in Dublin.

The proposed development will include a stable building over three floors incorporating 74 luxury horseboxes, an equine pool, a gallops of up to 1.6km in length and 36 apartment units for people working and training at the centre.

It was originally developed as a sports hotel by the supermarket retailer Pat Quinn in the 1970s and has had a colourful history since.

It fell under the control of NAMA after plans by the late Hugh O’ Regan, supported by €170m in loans by the Irish Nationwide collapsed in 2009.

The Comer Group bought the 300-acred complex in the Dublin foothills near Enniskerry for €7m two years ago.

Luke and Brian Comer have extensive property interests in the UK and in Europe. They have invested millions in a range of commercial, agricultural and residential property assets here over the past ten years and have extensive bloodstock interests.