16-storey block would 'dominate' city skyline
Published 24/02/2012 | 05:00
HEIGHT was the main reason that planners refused permission for the proposed National Children's Hospital in Dublin.
An Bord Pleanala inspector Una Crosse said that the maximum height allowed in the area was 50 metres, and that the height of the new hospital was almost 74 m -- well above permitted levels.
The children's hospital was to vary in height from four to 16 storeys, and include an emergency department, operating theatres, 392 beds, 29 family rooms, garden and play areas, 972 car parking spaces and a hospital school.
But in a four-paragraph decision, the planning appeals board rejected plans for the €650m hospital, which comprised a floor area of 108,000 sqm, because of its scale and the impact it would have on the environment.
The development "by reason of its height, scale, form and mass, located on this elevated site" would result in a "dominant, visually incongruous structure" which would have a "profound negative impact" on the city skyline, the board said.
The development broke rules designed to protect the skyline, adversely affected the character of the historic city and would impact on views from O'Connell Street and north Great George's Street.
The board also raised concerns about a traffic plan submitted by the developers which claimed that just one in eight -- or 13pc -- of staff would use their car to get to work.
More than 30pc of staff currently used their car to get to work, and the applicants "underestimated" the impact of traffic on the local road network which could result in congestion.