THE hopes of property tycoon Sean Dunne to build a 32-storey skyscraper with more than 600 exclusive apartments on the site of Jury's Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, were dashed last night.
Dublin city councillors voted to withdraw a plan for the area which could have accommodated the development.
Instead, they opted for a previous plan limiting tall buildings in the area to eight storeys.
The decision is a major setback to the ambitious proposal by Mr Dunne to erect the skyscraper with 632 apartments.
He spent €380m buying the Jury's and Berkeley Court hotels for the residential development.
A plan for high-rise development had been opposed by a group of 14 residents' associations.
Councillors in the south-east area adopted a motion recommending rejection of a local plan that would have effectively cleared the way for the 32-storey development. They reverted to a previous plan limiting developments to eight storeys.