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A Larry Goodman family- backed company has appealed to An Bord Pleanála against the refusal to allow the firm to demolish a group of historic buildings in Dublin city centre to make way for a new office development.

Last month, Dublin City Council refused plans by Ternary Ltd to demolish 47, 48 and 49 Kildare Street and No 1 Nassau Street to make way for a new office development.

The plan provoked strong opposition from An Taisce, the Kilkenny Group and others, with the Department of Culture and Heritage telling the council that the proposal "represents a significant and adverse loss of built heritage and a detrimental change in this quarter which the department cannot support".

As part of a comprehensive refusal, the city council ruled that the proposal "would give rise to the loss of the original historic fabric and urban grain and have a seriously adverse impact on the remaining historic streetscape of Kildare Street and Nassau Street".

The council stated that the proposal "would seriously injure the settings of the adjoining protected structures and, as a consequence, set an unwanted precedent for similar-type development, and would be incompatible with the established character of the subject site and the local area".

The council also ruled that the proposal "would seriously injure the architectural character and setting of the adjoining protected structures and the wider historic cityscape".

The council refused planning permission after its planning and conservation officers recommended a refusal.

The conservation officer's report stated that "irrespective of their unprotected status, the applicant has not justified on any basis the proposed demolition of Nos 47-49 Kildare Street and No 1 Nassau Street, which have until recently functioned as a hotel".

The planner's report stated that "the loss of this traditional and historic collection of buildings would be regrettable and irreversible".

In planning documentation lodged with the application, architects for the scheme, Henry J Lyons, told Dublin City Council that the development seeks to sensitively introduce a contemporary commercial building into the historic streetscape of Kildare Street, while protecting the fabric of the protected structure at No 2 Nassau Street.

The architects stated that the design proposals lodged with the plan seek to make a positive contribution to the Kildare and Nassau Street streetscapes by providing an elegantly designed and carefully proportioned building which respects the established building line.

The board now has four months in which to decide on the case and will invite observations on the appeal that has yet to be circulated to the parties involved.

Irish Independent