In another major turning point for the structural make-up of the capital, on appeal Johnny Ronan has had his request for planning permission approved for a skyscraper on a site connected to Tara Street Dart Station on the banks of the Liffey. Having had his application turned down initially in 2017 due to the negative impact it would have on the character of Custom House this now marks a decision with huge implications for a site the council described as “one of the city’s most important architectural set pieces”.
The National Trust noted the potential impact it would have on spaces such as the Liffey Quays , O’Connell Street and others that are integral conservation areas.
The initial negative response given by An Bord Pleanála and the council was met by a hugely different reaction from the Planning Board’s senior planning inspector Gillian Kane who cited “a net positive improvement in economic activity” as reason enough for the skyscraper.
Permission for the development of the skyscraper which originally had plans for a roof top bar and a hotel was granted on Tuesday.