The height of any new tall buildings in Dublin will be limited to just seven storeys after councillors voted to back the final draft of the City Development Plan 2011-2017
The approved plan effectively bans new office buildings of more than seven storeys (28m), and residential buildings higher than six storeys (19m).
The maximum height measures are even more acute in the city suburbs, where restrictions will mean that both residential and office buildings must not be built above four storeys high.
Under the plans agreed by councillors, buildings around certain city ‘hubs’ such as major rail stations will be allowed to reach six storeys tall.
There will also be specific zones across Dublin that will be earmarked for provision of taller buildings.These include Docklands, George’s Quay, and the Connolly and Heuston station areas.
At these four locations, buildings above 50 metres will be allowed, or 16 storeys for apartment block and 12 storeys of office space.
Councillors also agreed that a further nine areas of Dublin would be designated for mid-rise buildings, up to 50m tall.
The areas identified in the City Development Plan are Phibsborough, Grangegorman, the Digital Hub, the ‘north fringe’, Clonshaugh, Ballymun, Pelletstown, Cherry Orchard-Park West, and the Naas Road.
Plans will also be considered for tall buildings should they be within 500m of existing and proposed mainline, metro or Dart stations.