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March 13, 2008

Dunne puts rejected tower on display ahead of An Bord Pleanala appeal

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Developer Sean Dunne’s plans for the the Jurys and Berkeley Court sites in Ballsbridge have been put on public display in the former Berkeley Court Hotel in advance of his appeal to An Bord Pleanala in relation to the development. Dublin City Council this week granted permission for six of the proposed eight blocks in the residential and commercial development, including an 18-storey apartment building on Shelbourne Road, but refused permission for a 37-storey tower. While the plans were previously on display during the application process to the city council, this is the first time a scaled model of the controversial tower has been available for public scrutiny. The omission of the tower results in a loss of 182 apartments. In addition to the removal of blocks from the scheme, three apartment blocks have been trimmed in height from 11 to nine storeys. Planners have approved 294 apartments, a 232-bedroom hotel, a shopping centre, an embassy building, cultural centre and a creche. Mr Dunne, however has decided to appeal the full original scheme to An Bord Pleanala. “We are convinced that our planning application is consistent with that vision for Dublin. Our initial analysis of the report encourages us in our decision to appeal to An Bord Pleanala which is not as constrained in adjudicating on the planning application.”

The Irish Times

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