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Families win fight over high-rise plan with Bertie's help

PLANS for a 14-storey building, which were opposed by Bertie Ahern and artist Robert Ballagh, have been rejected.

An Bord Pleanala threw out proposals by AB Properties, which wanted to build the development on the Hendron's site in Broadstone, Dublin 7.

The planned scheme at the junction of Western Way and Dominick Street had led to almost 40 objections to Dublin City Council.

Despite this, the local authority gave the building the go-ahead. However, that decision has now been overturned by An Bord Pleanala.

In its ruling, the planning board stated the planned building would be "visually obtrusive", having regard to its proximity to "a number of significant protected structures".

Dublin's Lord Mayor Emer Costello hailed the decision as "a major success for local residents who were shocked by the proposed development".

In his letter, Mr Ahern stated: "I am writing to you on behalf of the residents of Palmerston Place, Dublin 7, regarding their concern with the planning application for the old Hendron's site."

He added: "I would like to support the residents' main contention that the development is too high for this mainly two/three storey residential locality and would ask that you consider this when determining this application." Mr Ballagh, who was Riverdance's set designer, was among a number of artists who came out against the plan as it involved the demolition of community studios.