Had the planning permission been given the green light, an additional 1,000 Salesforce staff could have been accommodated at the site, Ronan had claimed. And it was a double blow for the developer, after Spencer Place Development Co Ltd – co-owned by the Ronan Group and Colony Capital – was also refused planning permission for a companion application to increase to 13 storeys a residential and aparthotel plan in the Docklands. The double refusal came in spite of heavy lobbying of Government ministers and Dublin City Council by Ronan and Salesforce over recent months in a bid to ease height restrictions on buildings in the Docklands. And while the concept of building up is increasingly cited as one of the solutions to our commercial and residential property woes, it is not without its detractors, with some commentators highlighting that it is adding to price inflation in an already dysfunctional property market. “There’s an implication that building high-rise means cheaper and faster development, or that homes would be more affordable, and that’s not the case,” said Orla Hegarty, assistant professor at UCD’s School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy. “Neither of those assertions stand up to any scrutiny. And, unlike cities… Read full this story
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