Tuesday 15 May 2007

Dunne skyscraper dream is dashed

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.

Treacy Hogan
Irish Independent

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