An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission to Cairn Homes for a €345 million, 608-unit apartment scheme on former RTÉ lands at Donnybrook in Dublin 4. However, in a split decision the appeals board has refused permission for the 16-storey tower component of the scheme that was to include a 192-bedroom hotel and 80 apartments. The appeals board inspector Rónán O’Connor in the case had recommended that permission be granted for the entire development comprising 688 apartments and the hotel. However, the board order has explained that the proposed landmark building was located within an area not specifically designated for landmark/tall buildings, where there is a general presumption against such buildings. In relation to the specific siting and design of the 16-storey high tower, the board did not consider that the design proposed provides a compelling architectural and urban design rationale that would facilitate the consideration of exceptional circumstances.
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