Plans by Pat Crean’s Marlet Property Group to increase the height of the 11-storey office block it is delivering on the site of the former Apollo House in Dublin to 21 storeys have been put on hold.
This follows An Taisce and one local resident, Mark Conan, appealing the Dublin City Council submission to An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for the additional 10-storeys.
The residential tower comprises 54 build-to-rent apartments and the combined height of the amended College Square development would rise to 78.95m.
However, in the appeal, Kevin Duff of the Dublin City Association of An Taisce has told An Bord Pleanála that were the building to be permitted, “Dublin would be headed toward an incoherent Manchester or Brussels-type city centre, with modern high-rise towers randomly inserted into the historic urban structure and looming up behind old streets and buildings”.
An Taisce claims that the proposal does not protect the major cultural inheritance of College Green or the historic Trinity College campus enclosure.
However, the city council planner’s report, which recommended planning permission be granted, concluded that “the proposed development will add to the upgrading of one of the most prominent locations in the city”.