Gresham hotel director Bryan Cullen, has been refused permission for development on the site of the Topaz filling station facing the Leinster Rugby Grounds in Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
Bord Pleanala revealed that it has refused permission for the development which Mr Cullen is planning with John O'Sullivan who owns adjoining properties. Mr Cullen bought the filling station from Topaz for €15m. Mr O'Sullivan owned most of his share of the site since 1988.
The duo's development plans include 10 apartments, a shop, 58,000 sq ft of offices and two restaurants. The Bord refused permission because it considered the buildings were not in keeping with other properties, could cause traffic congestion and would overshadow other properties.
The Bord had also refused permission for previous plans for an 11-storey office block and 22 apartments. So Cullen and O'Sullivan scaled down their plans to between five and seven storeys.