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Ronan fails in third bid to raise height of the Salesforce Tower



Johnny Ronan

Johnny Ronan

Johnny Ronan

Developer Johnny Ronan has failed for a third time to secure planning permission for additional floors to Salesforce Tower in Dublin's docklands.

It has the capacity to deliver an additional 1,000 jobs to the 3,500 Salesforce has already earmarked for the development at Spencer Dock.

Construction work was continuing on Salesforce Tower until the Covid-19 restrictions shut down building sites.

Salesforce's 450,000sq ft EMEA HQ is the largest letting in the history of the State and there was an additional 100,000sq ft that Mr Ronan's RGRE Group was seeking planning for. Mr Ronan's planning battle for the additional floors, to bring one of the towers to 12 storeys, has been continuing since January of last year.

In response to the latest application, Dublin City Council found an additional three storeys above the permitted maximum heights for the area "would be unduly dominant and visually incongruous when viewed in the context of the existing quayscape on North Wall Quay".

However, Mr Ronan is not giving up in the battle as his RGRE group is understood to be considering lodging a fourth planning application.

It is understood the key to this is whether An Bord Pleanála decides to approve amendments to the Special Development Zone (SDZ) planning scheme for North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock. These were proposed by the council in May 2019, and would allow heights on the Salesforce site up to 12 storeys.

The third application was submitted on the basis the amendments would be made. However, the revised scheme has yet to be approved.

In planning documentation, RGRE stated "the increase in height is no different to already permitted developments in Dublin's Docklands".

Irish Independent