Green light in sight for Ballsbridge office plan

The way may soon be clear for Dublin City Council to give developer Johnny Ronan planning permission for a €200m office block development at Ballsbridge.

This follows the City Council raising only traffic and servicing issues over Mr Ronan’s two office block development, which will be six storeys high, with three or more levels of basement.

The site will cover 52,247 sq m — more than five times the gross floor area of the existing four office blocks that are going to be demolished. The promoters of the plan say that the campus opposite the RDS in Ballsbridge will have the capacity to accommodate 2,200 workers. AIB and An Taisce were just two of the parties to lodge objections against the plan.

However, in a request for additional information, the city council has asked Mr Ronan’s firm, RGRE Ballsbridge Developments, to only submit further traffic analysis and address an issue relating to servicing the site.

Mr Ronan last year acquired the site of vacant office blocks and surrounding land on Merrion Rd for €67.5m. The near four-acre site was sold by a receiver on behalf of Nama and Ulster Bank. It had been acquired in 2006 by Carlow developer Sean Dunne for a reported €200m.

AIB has hired planning consultants RPS to highlight its “serious concerns”. It has objected on a number of grounds, including traffic safety, flood risk, and the impact of the construction. An Taisce says it is excessive.

Mr Ronan’s firm told the City Council the site is suitable to meet the demand for large offices in Dublin. They claim the plan is “modest in scale”.


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