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Dublin docklands tower back in the frame

Words: Roger Milne

The planning and legal saga surrounding developer Johnny Ronan’s bid to build a 13-storey tower next to Salesforce’s Dublin docklands headquarters has taken yet another turn.

An Bord Pleanála has again approved the scheme, just six weeks after the High Court quashed the body’s approval of the same development. The tower is the focal point of a fast-tracked scheme involving nearly 550 flats and co-living units.

The city council, in its first legal challenge to an An Bord Pleanála decision, went to court arguing that the development plan for the location did not allow a 13-storey building. The project is earmarked for a strategic development zone (SDZ).

That challenge was successful; the bord’s consent was quashed, and the project sent back to the agency for redetermination.

An Bord Pleanála has now issued another decision, again granting permission for the tower, but outlining new reasons for the determination.

In its new decision, it acknowledged that the development would “materially contravene” the SDZ with regard to its height limits, but said granting permission “would be justified” because of national policies on height, the pattern of development in the area, and the “strategic or national importance” of the proposed development.

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