Dublin councillors approve high-rise policy

Dublin City Councillors have voted to recommend a high-rise policy for the city’s new development plan which would allow future developments in excess of 16 stories in three city centre locations at Heuston and Connolly railway stations and in the Docklands. Mid-rise buildings of up to 16 residential stories would be allowed in Phibsboro and residential developments of up to eight stories would be allowed across the inner city.

In the outer city, residential developments would be up to six stories for residential or four stories for offices. However, developments within 1km of a mainline, DART or Metro station could have an extra two stories in office height. Buildings of up to 16 stories would also be allowed in the north fringe, Ballymun, Pelletstown, Cherry Orchard and the Naas Road.

The building height policy amendment proposed by the Labour Party was agreed by 28 votes to 18 against with six abstentions. This policy will form part of the draft development plan 2011 to 2017, which goes for public consultation next year.