Thursday 22 February 2018

Local residents put Ronan's €200m Ballsbridge office block plan on hold

Developer Johnny Ronan
Developer Johnny Ronan

Gordon Deegan

Plans by developer Johnny Ronan to build a €200m six-storey office block development at Ballsbridge in Dublin have been put on hold.

Last month, Dublin City Council gave the Ronan plan - located opposite the RDS on Merrion Rd - the go-ahead in spite of local opposition.

The proposal will have the capacity to accommodate 2,200 workers and yesterday An Bord Pleanála confirmed that six separate appeals have been lodged against the council's decision. In the case, appeals have been lodged by Rory O'Donoghue, John & Philomena Rogers, Richard & Susan Devane, Carmel O'Toole along with appeals lodged by Davy Target Investments and Docomomo Ireland.

The plan will be 52,247 sq m - more than five times the 9,789 sq m of the existing four office blocks that are going to be demolished.

The City Council gave the plan the go-ahead after finding that it allowed for a high quality redevelopment of obsolete office stock. However, an appeal lodged by John and Philomena Rogers claims that the proposal will be a gross intensification which will not be compatible with the overall policies and objectives for the zone.

The Rogers state the five-fold increase of office use will give rise to significant increase in noise and vehicle activity.

The appeal says the plan will be significantly higher than the existing buildings on site so that it will overshadow and overlook homes on Serpentine Avenue in Dublin 4.

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