Saturday 17 August 2019

Bartra's Boston Sidings plan stalled after appeal over light

Development: An artist’s impression of the proposed Boston Sidings building
Development: An artist’s impression of the proposed Boston Sidings building

Gordon Deegan

A question mark has been placed over plans by Richard Barrett's Bartra for a new high rise scheme of 200,000 sq ft of office space at the Boston Sidings site in Dublin's Docklands.

It follows local resident, Paula Kinsella's appeal against Dublin City Council's decision to grant planning permission for the 10-storey development in Dublin's Silicon Docks.

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Mr Barrett's Bartra is developing the site at Grand Canal Quay and Macken Street in Dublin 2 in conjunction with the site owner, CIE.

The council gave the development the go-ahead after concluding that the proposal "will upgrade one of the most prominent locations in the city".

However, Ms Kinsella, a resident of the nearby Macken Villas, told the appeals board that the height of 10 storeys overpowers the housing in Macken Villas and Macken Street generally.

She stated: "The overbearing height can not be considered to balance with the residential zoning it adjoins."

Development: An artist’s impression of the proposed Boston Sidings building
Development: An artist’s impression of the proposed Boston Sidings building

Ms Kinsella also contends that the light study lodged with the application "shows significant effects on a number of homes in Macken Villas".

She states that "a reduction in the height, massing and volume [of the proposal] is required".

Ms Kinsella has told the appeals board "this development is in very close proximity to Macken Villas and required a reduction in scale of the proposal to maintain zoning protection and sufficient separation distances".

Irish Independent

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