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High hopes: Developer Johnny Rogan's apartment block plan was rejected. Photo: Jason Clarke

High hopes: Developer Johnny Rogan's apartment block plan was rejected. Photo: Jason Clarke

High hopes: Developer Johnny Rogan's apartment block plan was rejected. Photo: Jason Clarke

An application by developer Johnny Ronan and a partner company to build a 10-storey, 44-unit apartment block in Dublin’s Appian Way has been rejected by Dublin City Council.

The council declined to give the plan the go-ahead after deciding the scheme’s excessive height, scale and density on what it deemed to be a small visually prominent site constituted overdevelopment of the area.

It concluded the Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE) and J&R Valery’s Ltd scheme for a site at the junction of Leeson Street Upper and Appian Way would have an unreasonable overbearing and visually dominant effect on adjoining sites.

It said the proposed scheme “with its unjustifiable height and density fails to integrate or be compatible with the streetscape along both Appian Way and Leeson Street Upper”.

It also found that the scheme “would seriously injure the visual amenities of the streetscape and would have an adverse impact on the character of the area”.

The council concluded the proposed development would by itself – and by the precedent it would set for other development – seriously injure the amenities of property in the vicinity and be contrary to the provisions of the Dublin City Development Plan.

The local authority said the development “would endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard”.

It refused to grant planning permission after considering the views of the Upper Leeson Street Area Residents’ Association which lodged a strident 12-page objection against the scheme, which is made up of 29 studio apartments and 15 one-bed apartments. 

The association was one of 12 parties to object.

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Planning consultants for the applicants, John Spain & Associates, told the council the proposal would provide “a quality build-to-rent residential development in an existing urban area adjoining high-quality public transport”.

Mr Spain said the scheme’s design “creates a high-quality feature building at this prominent corner site and key gateway to Dublin City centre”.  

RGRE and J&R Valery’s Ltd now have the option of appealing the decision to An Bord Pleanála. 


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