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Green light for major Dublin city centre scheme

Words: Roger Milne
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Dublin City Council has approved key elements of the €500 million redevelopment of the capital’s most prominent site – the 2.2-hectare plot stretching from O’Connell Street to Moore Street.

UK property group Hammerson last June lodged three applications for a mixed retail, office and residential scheme on the vast city block formerly known as the Carlton site, parts of which have lain vacant for decades.

The site, which stretches west from O’Connell Street to Moore Street, and north from Henry Street to Parnell Street, is being developed under six separate planning applications.

Two of the first three applications, which focus on Moore Street and Henry Street, and include residential units, a nine-storey hotel, retail, restaurant and café and cultural uses, have now been approved by the council.

In relation to the third application towards the northern end of Moore Street at O’Rahilly Parade, the council has asked Hammerson to submit an amended daylight and sunlight analysis of the effect the development will have on neighbouring flats.

However, the two approved applications are the more substantial, with one involving the land surrounding the 1916 Rising National Monument buildings at 14-17 Moore Street. These state-owned buildings are due to be developed separately as a Rising Commemorative Centre, a project expected to cost at least €16.25 million.

The application surrounding this site was controversial as it proposed a large archway beside the national monument that broke up the Moore Street terrace. Under conditions attached to the grant of permission the archway must be reduced in scale and its detailing more closely aligned to 17 Moore Street.

Media reports claim that approval of these first phases of the redevelopment will be the subject of third-party appeals to An Bord Pleanála.

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