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Dublin’s College Green Plaza project goes back to the drawing board

Words: Roger Milne
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Dublin City Council has confirmed to The Planner that it will submit new proposals for the College Green Plaza in the new year.

The council’s original €10 million plans to develop a pedestrian plaza were rejected by An Bord Pleanála in October, mainly because of concern over traffic issues.

Under the council’s original scheme all cars would be banned from the heart of the city centre. It would also have placed major restrictions on the movement of buses and taxis in the area.

Dick Brady, assistant chief executive of the council’s environment and transportation department, briefed councillors earlier this week. He made it clear that the planning authority was not going to court to challenge the bord’s decision.

“The council will move in the new year to lodge a new application to An Bord Pleanála for the plaza and traffic management measures, having regard to the board’s decision,” he is reported as telling councillors.

According to the Independent he added that pre-submission, work on changes to ensure the safety of those in the College Green area, and “the efficient operation of public transport” would be set out by the local authority.

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