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April 27, 2008

Docklands deal went against area master plan

logo_dddaThe Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) signed an agreement with property developer Liam Carroll allowing him to build taller buildings on the north quays in Dublin than was provided for in the master plan for the area. The Brooks Thomas site is being developed as the new head offices for Anglo Irish Bank and law firm O’Donnell Sweeney Eversheds. Details of the agreement emerged during a court case taken by developer Sean Dunne and his company North Wall Quay Property Holdings against the DDDA and Carroll’s North Quay Investments (NQI). The case centres on access to Dunne’s site, which is surrounded by the Carroll site. When Carroll first sought planning permission from Dublin City Council for the development of the Brooks Thomas site, the DDDA objected, saying the proposed eight storeys of commercial development on internal streets went against the North Lotts planning scheme, which required that such buildings be no more than four storeys high.

The Sunday Business Post