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October 2, 2007

Council rejects Dunne’s giant tower

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Dublin city councillors have rejected Seán Dunne’s proposed high-rise development, which includes a 37-storey tower, on the site of the former Jurys and Berkeley Court hotels in Ballsbridge on the grounds that it contravenes the city development plan. Senior city planner Kieran Rose yesterday confirmed that Mr Dunne’s application contravenes the statutory development plan because it includes office space, which is not permitted under the current zoning. However, Mr Rose told councillors that the planners could decide to grant the application with the condition that the office units, which account for 15 per cent of the overall development, would be omitted. Councillors were presented with details of Mr Dunne’s proposed residential and commercial development for the first time since the developer submitted his application on August 31st, at a specially convened southeast area council meeting yesterday.

The Irish Times

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