Saturday 12 January 2008

Council rejects large centre planned for Balbriggan

Millbank Developments has been refused planning permission by Fingal County Council to build a mixed-use urban development on a site of 2.2 acres beside Mill Walk in Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

The proposal was for a 26,778sq m (288,236sq ft) building ranging from three to 10 storeys with 41 retail units arranged around an internal mall on a lower and upper ground floor level with a conical roof over an atrium.

This would have included offices and a medical centre spread over three floors and 49 residential units. The realignment and upgrading of the River Bracken and the provision of a new riverside walkway are also part of the proposal.

The local authority gave eight reasons for refusing the application, including that by reason of its scale, height and form "as a single mammoth building does not integrate with the existing urban pattern and is inappropriate for this location in the centre of this historic town".

The Irish Times

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