Docklands large-scale development gets green light

A fast-track planning scheme which would allow buildings up to 88 metres or 22 storeys high in Dublin’s docklands has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.

The scheme is the first major planning initiative for the area since the Government decision to terminate the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) and transfer its powers to Dublin City Council. The Government has permitted the designation of 66 hectares of riverside lands, previously under the control of the authority, for the new planning zone.

Two landmark buildings up to 22 storeys have been identified; the Point Square on the north side and Britain Quay on the south side.  However, most of the development will be eight-storeys high resulting in approximately 366,000 sq. m of office space and 2,600 homes which will be developed across 22 hectares of land in the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock under the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) planning scheme.