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The height of confusion has rival regulators slugging it out

Paul McNeive


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An Bord Pleanála stance appears to be changing

An Bord Pleanála stance appears to be changing

An Bord Pleanála stance appears to be changing

Our planning system is in a state of flux. In what looks like a well-intentioned powerplay, Dublin City Council (DCC) and An Bord Pleanála (ABP) have been battling in the courts over the interpretation of planning legislation and separately, the ABP permission for 614 residential units on the former RTÉ land has been quashed.

At the heart of the former matter is the North Lotts and Grand Canal Docks Strategic Development Zone in Dublin docklands. There are various issues involved but the key dispute is over building heights. Complications arose because, whilst the original planning scheme permits six and seven storey development, subsequent national policies such as Rebuilding Ireland and Ministerial guidelines on taller buildings and apartments, promote greater height and density.


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