Approval for 700 rental units in Dublin's Docklands –

Permission has been granted for a scheme involving more than 700 rental units in blocks up to 18 storeys in Dublin’s north city that breaches current development plans.

An Bord Pleanála granted permission to Glenveagh Homes for the Castleforbes Strategic Housing Development (SHD) plan even though it contravened an existing development scheme for the area.

SHD plans go straight to the board as part of a fast-track system that by passes local authorities.

The plan for the eight apartment blocks and a culture building is between Sheriff Street and East Wall and was opposed by local residents because of the height, density and the fact that it will consist almost entirely of one and two-bed rental units.

The city council raised “serious concerns” that all nine buildings breached general height limits of 24 metres or eight storeys in the development plan.

It also expressed concern that 72% of the build to

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