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Dublin council gives nod to three controversial developments

Words: Roger Milne
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Dublin City Council has this week approved three major projects – all of which have proved contentious.

Dublin City Council gave the go-ahead for Marlet Property Group’s for some 550 build-to-rent flats in five blocks ranging from three to 13 storeys.

Tourist bodies have expressed a fear that the development would compromise views from the Gravity Bar in the Guinness Storehouse.

The planning authority also approved a new state-of-the-art €22 million white-water rafting and canoeing facility in St George's Dock at North Quays. The price tag for the scheme has nearly doubled since it was first mooted.

In addition, the council voted to approve a controversial housing deal for the O’Devaney Gardens project. This will see publicly owned land at the north Dublin site transferred to developer Bartra Capital, which plans to provide 768 new homes – 411 to be sold privately.

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