Confine tall buildings to 15 Dublin areas, review says

Dublin City Council planners have identified 15 areas as appropriate for high buildings, including the developing suburban areas around the Naas Road, Park West and Cherry Orchard. Buildings of more than 16 storeys could be allowed in areas including George’s Quay, Grand Canal Basin, Dublin Port and near Connolly and Heuston stations. Maximising the City’s Potential , a draft height strategy for Dublin published in January, received a broadly negative reaction at public consultation sessions in June. A review of the document has now been presented to the city council’s Planning Strategic Policy Committee. It currently has the status of a discussion document. Chairman of the committee, Cllr Daithi Doolan, said: “I welcome the report which restricts high rise to certain areas of Dublin. High buildings over eight storeys will only be acceptable within these areas.” Mr Doolan said it was significant that a clause in the original report allowing for high-rise development in “exceptional circumstances” had been reviewed. The report says Dublin’s new suburbs could benefit from a “very specific and limited use of height to create a focal point”.

The Irish Times