A residents' group has failed to get permission to appeal the High Court’s decision not to overturn planning permission for a €15m visitor centre at the Hell Fire Club in the Dublin mountains.

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys upheld the permission earlier this year but referred certain issues of EU law to the Court of Justice of the EU.

However, he ruled that these issues did not impact on the validity of the permission.

Today, he said the residents had not raised a point of law of exceptional public importance to allow an appeal over his ruling, clearing the way for the centre to go ahead.

The Hellfire Massy Residents Association had challenged An Bord Pleanála’s decision to allow South Dublin County Council to develop a visitor centre in the Dublin Mountains at a site at Massy’s Wood and Montpelier Hill.

It includes the Hell Fire Club, a national monument built around 1725.

The residents claimed it would function as a visitors’ hub for the Dublin and Wicklow mountains and would alter the type, intensity, mix and balance of visitors to the area.

They claimed the board had failed to consider the impact on natural habitats, bats and otters.