Sunday, 1 February 2009

Maximum building height in D4 area fixed at nine storeys

AN BORD Pleanala has told a developer planning to build a 15-storey tower beside Sean Dunne's rejected development that the maximum height of any building in the area should be nine storeys.

Ray Grehan, who owns the former UCD Veterinary School site beside Jury's/Berkerley Court, was told to revise his scheme and used the height of nearby nine-storey Hume House as a reference point.

The board was expected to rule yesterday on whether his development would be approved, but the decision has been deferred.

Mr Grehan, who beat Mr Dunne's record price by paying €171.5m for the site in 2005, proposed building 109 apartments, 20,000 square metres of office space, retail units and a cultural quarter.

It means Mr Grehan must redesign part of the scheme to meet with the approval of planners. The new proposal must be submitted by the end of March.

Yesterday's decision to refuse permission to Mr Dunne means there is still no guidance for the maximum height of buildings in the capital.

New proposals in a document called 'Maximising the City's Potential' are expected to be put out for public consultation next month and will be voted on by councillors in May.

The draft plan would allow developments of more than 16 storeys in five locations in the city centre -- the Docklands, near Connolly, Heuston and Tara Street train stations and in the Thomas Street area.

Another 10 areas, including Phibsboro and the Naas Road, would be allowed buildings up to 16 storeys if they are deemed to be landmarks.

Paul Melia
Irish Independent

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