Green light for 18-storey block despite objections

by Gazette Reporter

DUBLIN City Council has given the go ahead to plans for 1,102 residential units at a retail park off the Old Naas Road on the outskirts of the city.

The local authority approved the high-rise scheme – the vast majority of which will be build-to-rent apartments – at the Royal Liver Assurance Retail Park in Dublin 12.

The plan by Shorevale Investments will see nine blocks ranging from seven storeys upwards with an 18-storey office building and a 203-unit co-living scheme.

DCC granted permission despite a number of objections including one from BOC gases, the main supplier of medical oxygen to the HSE in the fight against Covid-19.

BOC, which has its Irish production headquarters on a site adjacent to the retail park, objected to the residential element so close to an industrial estate.

The council planning report said the scheme would secure “the redevelopment of under-utilised urban land in a prime location strategically positioned beside a major transport node… and would be consistent with guidance which seeks to secure more compact and higher density development in the wider city area.”

The 18-storey “landmark” office tower will rise to a height of 77.6m.

While it noted objections relating to the density of the development and its height, the planning report said that, in principle, a high density residential development in this area was considered acceptable and necessary to achieve national objectives.

The developer has been ordered to pay the city council €7.7 million in planning contributions for public infrastructure and facilities benefiting the development.

The green light came after the developer lodged revised plans for the site in February.

In its objection, BOC Gases told the city council it had no intention of relocating from the site and claimed the application contravened the local area plan.

It said the site along its western boundary was not a suitable environment for residential use, due to human health concerns generated by the existing major industrial production facilities.

Among other objectors, Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the scale proposed was totally out of sync with the low rise and low density neighbourhood.

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