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Saturday 21 September 2019

Ronan renews bid to construct Dublin's tallest building

An artist’s impression of how the 22-storey tower on Tara Street would look
An artist’s impression of how the 22-storey tower on Tara Street would look
Ronald Quinlan

Ronald Quinlan

An Bord Pleanála has agreed to a request from developer Johnny Ronan for an oral hearing of his appeal against Dublin City Council's rejection of plans by Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE) to build Dublin's tallest building next to Tara Street station.

While planning appeals are, in the main, decided by the Bord's inspectors, and decisions issued by way of a written order, the issues raised by Mr Ronan's team in their appeal will now be dealt with in an open forum, with submissions being heard from both the developer and objectors to the scheme. An Bord Pleanála generally limits its use of oral hearings to cases it deems to be particularly complex or where there are significant national or local issues involved.

Mr Ronan's company, Tanat Ltd, is seeking permission for the construction of a 22-storey (88m) tower comprising offices, a hotel and roof-top restaurant on Tara Street.

Central to the developer's appeal will be his contention that its plans for the site had followed the council's own planning policies and objectives for the Tara Street scheme.

In refusing permission for the development, Dublin city planners said the proposed tower would have a "significant and detrimental visual impact" on the city's skyline.

The developer is expected to argue that the Dublin City Development Plan 2016 identified the George's Quay area as a location for high buildings of over 50 metres.

Johnny Ronan
Johnny Ronan

Mr Ronan's team is also expected to say the City Plan and George's Quay Local Area Plan (LAP) prepared by Dublin City Council's planners and adopted by the council includes a provision for an 88-metre-high building on the Tara Street site.

Prior to submitting its planning application, RGRE prepared over 30 proposals for Tara Street and reviewed those proposals from 42 locations in the city to assess their impact on Dublin's skyline.

An assessment, carried out on RGRE's behalf by international city design expert Richard Coleman concluded that the Tara Street building would complement the Custom House, providing a counterpoint across the river.

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