PLANS to demolish a Dublin 4 office block have been approved, despite objections from a former Fine Gael education minister and other locals.
Dublin City Council has granted permission to knock down Burlington House and replace it with a building that will nearly triple the existing floorspace.
The application had been lodged by Paul McCann, the receiver of Glasbay, a company formerly controlled by developer Bernard McNamara.
Planners approved the scheme after previously expressing strong reservations, highlighting concerns that the development "may be visually overbearing on this site".
But the receiver eventually satisfied the local authority that the project would be appropriate for the location.
The plans for the site will see the existing five-storey building, extending over 8,500sqm, being replaced by another five-storey office block with 23,000sqm floorspace.
It is hoped the development will help meet demand for high-profile office space in the capital's central business district.
But the application was far from popular among locals in Dublin 4, with ex-FG education minister Gemma Hussey and her husband, Derry, among the most vocal opponents.
It is now open to Ms Hussey – who served at Cabinet under Garret FitzGerald in the 1980s – or any of the other objectors to appeal the council's ruling to An Bord Pleanala.
Submissions also came in from the Upper Leeson Street Residents' Association and the Burlington Dental Clinic.
However, planners have now decided in favour of the project after reviewing the proposals.