Monday 11 December 2017

Planners end Dunne battle to keep city quay car park

A LAST-ditch bid by a company run by Sean Dunne to keep an unauthorised car park open has failed.

An Bord Pleanala has refused City Quay Property Development Ltd permission for the development.

Dublin City Council had already rejected the application but the company, which lists Mr Dunne as a director, appealed to the planning board.

However, the move was to no avail as the local authority's ruling was upheld.

An Bord Pleanala said the location of the car park at 13-18 City Quay in Dublin 2 is a "key site in a waterfront area facing the Liffey".


It pointed to the Dublin Docklands Master Plan, which seeks "to regenerate the area by creating a mixed-use precinct with an attractive, pedestrian-friendly, vibrant and sustainable living and working environment".

The plan also seeks to "encourage sustainable forms of transport".

The board said "a temporary car park would introduce additional vehicular traffic into this part of the docklands area".

Officials ruled a parking lot "would militate against the achievement of the overall objectives for the area and would prejudice the overall regeneration of the area".

They also pointed to the objectives of the city council's development plan, which aims to "to protect and reinforce the important civic design character of Dublin's quays".

The Isle of Man-registered company had applied to the council for "retention permission" on the 0.2 hectare site.

It had sought to be allowed retain a pay-and-display car park with two ticket machines and 64 spaces.

A spokesman for Mr Dunne did not comment when contacted.

In its own ruling, the council stated the development would "set an undesirable precedent for other similar sites throughout the city".


In a separate case, An Bord Pleanala allowed the developer behind the €900m Carlton Cinema site plan to keep an O'Connell Street car park.

Chartered Land had been refused permission by the council to retain the facility at 46-49 O'Connell Street.

However, the company, which counts developer Joe O'Reilly among its directors, successfully appealed the decision.


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