Plan to build Dublin's tallest building refused by council 3 months ago

Plan to build Dublin's tallest building refused by council

The building would have been nearly 110 metres in height.

Dublin City Council has refused a plan to build what would have been the capital's tallest building.

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A planning application for the building was lodged with the council in August by the company Ventaway, with the development proposed to take place on the site of the former City Arts Centre at City Quay.

The building would have comprised 24 storeys and would have been 108.4 metres in height, making it just under 30 metres taller than Dublin's current tallest building, Capital Dock, which is 79 metres in height.

However, in a statement on Wednesday (11 October), Dublin City Council announced it had refused planning permission for the project.

As part of its reasons for the decision, the council said that due to its "scale, bulk and height", the proposed development would "seriously detract from the setting and character of the Custom House and environs".

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"The proposal would have a significant and detrimental visual impact on the River Liffey Conservation Area and important views and vistas, including those views from the Custom House environs, Amiens Street, Mountjoy Square, Gardiner Street Lower, Trinity College Campus and views westward from the River Liffey," it stated.

"Moreover, due to the excessive scale of the proposed building and its proposed location, removed from the permitted buildings at Tara Street Station and Apollo House, the proposed building would stand apart as an overly assertive solo building which would not form part of a coherent cluster.

"The proposal would therefore have a significant and detrimental visual impact on Dublin’s historic skyline, by reason of fragmentation and visual intrusion and would thereby seriously injure the urban character of the City Centre skyline, would create a precedent for similar type undesirable development and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area."

The council also said that the scheme was likely to have "noticeable and detrimental overbearing and overshadowing impacts on neighbouring property".

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"The proposed development would therefore constitute an overdevelopment of the subject site, would seriously injure the amenities of neighbouring property, would devalue property in the vicinity, create a precedent for similar type undesirable development and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area," it added.

Ventaway is now able to appeal the decision.