Permission Denied for Johnny Ronan Tower in Dublin's Docklands
The Irish Journal reported that AN BORD PLEANALA has refused Johnny Ronan planning permission for his planned 40-plus storey tower scheme for Dublin’s
The Irish Journal reported that AN BORD PLEANALA has refused Johnny Ronan planning permission for his planned 40-plus storey tower scheme for Dublin’s docklands. The appeals board has refused planning permission for Ronan’s 1,005 unit apartment Waterfront South Central scheme after concluding that it is precluded from granting permission after a High Court ruling last November. The appeals board found that as a result of the High Court ruling by Justice Richard Humphreys, the board does not have jurisdiction to materially contravene the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Planning Scheme under Strategic Housing Development legislative provisions. The appeals board stated that it agreed with its senior planning inspector Mr Rónán O’Connor stating that an oral hearing was required to address outstanding issues in the Johnny Ronan Waterfront South Central proposal.
The High Court decision concerned a case between Dublin City Council and the appeals board and another Johnny Ronan company, Spencer Place Development Company.
Ronan’s Waterfront South Central scheme is planned for a site within the North Lotts scheme. The scheme imposes strict height limits and the 44 storey and 45 storey heights proposed were well in excess of what is allowed in the area.
Ronan Group Real Estate said “Ronan Group Real Estate welcomes An Bord Pleanála’s recognition that our proposed Strategic Housing Development at Waterfront South Central is the correct one for the site and would support Government policy on housing and development. We are therefore deeply disappointed that it felt legally obliged to refuse planning permission due to DCC’s legal action seeking to uphold the SDZ at the expense of the Government’s Strategic Housing Development policy. Unfortunately DCC’s continued efforts to frustrate Government policy are impeding much needed development in this area of Dublin.”