Plans by JD Wetherspoon to convert a former bank and church on Dublin’s Lower Abbey St have been put on hold, following an appeal by a local resident over noise fears.

The British pub chain paid almost €3m for the vacant buildings, and was subsequentially given the green light by Dublin City Council to redevelop the properties into a two storey pub and restaurant.

The appeal, lodged by a local resident living beside the site of the proposed pub, centres around noise fears as the bar would be open until 12.30 on Fridays and Saturdays.

The company had hoped to open the new pub by the end of the year, however this is now seen as extremely unlikely. An Bord Pleanála is due to issue a ruling on the appeal in November.

Mark Murphy, FFT