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January 6, 2009

High-rise areas set out in latest draft plan

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Dublin City Council’s planners are to refine and clarify their latest draft policy on high-rise development before going for public consultations later this month – subject to the council’s approval. The current version of the draft policy, Maximising the City’s Potential: A Strategy for Intensification and Height, takes on board criticisms of the original document published last January and the negative reaction to it at a series of public meetings. The revised draft was described by one senior planning official as “an attempt to calm everyone down” – in particular by dropping an apparently blanket exception for permission to be granted for high-rise schemes of architectural quality, irrespective of location. “One of the big problems with the original draft was those exceptions, and they’re now gone,” he said. “What we’ve done is to identify areas we think are suitable for high-rise development.”

The Irish Times

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