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Appeal: Developer Johnny Ronan

Appeal: Developer Johnny Ronan

Height: The site in Dublin’s docklands is designated a strategic development zone

Height: The site in Dublin’s docklands is designated a strategic development zone

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Appeal: Developer Johnny Ronan

ONE of developer Johnny Ronan's companies has urged the Court of Appeal (CoA) to overturn last year's High Court decision rejecting the firm's position over building height guidelines.

The dispute centres on whether Dublin City Council was wrong in its interpretation of guidelines on maximum heights for a new office and residential scheme in the Dublin docklands.

The site is in the North Lotts/Grand Canal area which is designated as a strategic development zone (SDZ).

Spencer Place Development Company (SPDC), of which Mr Ronan is a director, had sought to build up to 13 storeys in that SDZ area.

But the city council said the SDZ only permits ten storeys and any increase would have to be on the basis of the SDZ scheme being revised - approval for that is awaited from An Bord Pleanála.

SPDC argued in the High Court the council could already permit the increased height under the Urban Development and Building Heights guidelines issued by the Minister for Housing in 2018. It challenged the council's legal interpretation of the interaction between the guidelines and statutory planning schemes adopted for SDZs.

A year ago the High Court rejected SPDC's arguments.

SPDC lodged an appeal which took place by remote hearing before a three-judge CoA yesterday.

The court reserved its decision.

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