The development will consist of amendments to part of a previously permitted development under DCC Reg.Ref. 3742/10 (ABP Ref. PL29S.238212) as subsequently amended by planning permission DCC Ref. 2286/12 (ABP Ref. PL240620). Amendments to Block 1 include an amended footprint, form and layout of the block together with the conversion and change of use of 22 no. residential units (comprising 18 x 2 bed units and 4 x 3 bed units) at ground to 5th floor level in the northern part of Block 1 to office use (2,657.8 sq.m). Change of use and infill of part of previously permitted courtyard semi-private open space (440 sq.m) to retail use and amalgamation of previously permitted retail units to provide a single convenience retail outlet of 937 sq.m. Omission of management office and ESB sub-station and realignment of vehicular access ramp to basement level. Reconfiguration of previously permitted office lobby and retail unit together with a change of use from part office and retail use to café/ restaurant use (258 sq.m) reconfiguration of previously permitted residential units at first floor level to provide access to a proposed roof garden at first floor level. External alterations include the re-configuration of balconies / roof terraces to the block at all levels and the provision of a bridgelink at third floor level connecting Block 1 and Block 2. Amendments to floor to ceiling heights of Block 1 resulting in an overall increase in the permitted building height from 22.65 m to 24.05m, as measured from ground level to parapet level at the north-eastern corner of the block. Amendments to Block 2 include an amended footprint, form, layout (including omission of previously approved central courtyard landscaped garden) and change of uses at ground floor level to include: the omission of Cinema use at ground floor level (94 sq.m), change of Retail floorspace from 1,109 sq.m to 400 sq.m to be contained in two separate units instead of the previously permitted 3 units; change of use of previously permitted retail floorspace to provide a Restaurant unit with a floorspace of 385 sq.m and increasing the previously approved office floorspace from 995 sq.m to 1,630 sq.m. Alterations to previously approved cinema, retail and circulation cores to provide a new vehicular access and egress ramp to the reconfigured basement level car park below (approximately mid-way along the south-eastern ground floor elevation of Block 2) resulting in the omission of 2 previously permitted on-street car parking spaces along the permitted new east-west street together with associated external alterations. Internal and external alterations to the layout of Block 2 at first to fifth floor level to include the omission of a reconfiguration of the previously dispersed stair cores into a centrally positioned main stair and lift cores and omission of previously approved balconies/ terraces to provide an increased quantum of office floorspace from 1,943 sq.m to 2,748 sq.m at first floor level; from 2,073.5 sq.m to 2,821 sq.m at second to fourth floor levels and from 2,043 sq.m to 2,775 sq.m at fifth floor level. Amendments to floor to ceiling heights resulting in an overall increase of the permitted building height from 22.72 m to 24.05 m, as measured from ground level to parapet level. Basement level below Blocks 1 and 2 to include change of use and conversion of previously approved basement level car parking to office (2,318 sq.m); change of use and conversion of previously approved Cinema (Block 2) to car parking and ancillary plant provision; general reconfiguration of basement level car parking layout; Omission of previously approved sub-basement level Cinema (Block 2) and provision of new sub-basement level car park below Block 1 to provide ancillary car parking and plant. The proposed amendments result in an increase in the level of basement car parking from 381 no. spaces to 401 no. spaces. Amendments to Block 4 include a reduction in one of the previously permitted restaurant unit(s)/ floorspace from a previously permitted 117 sq.m to 108; an increase in residential units from a previously permitted 73 no. units (comprising 18 x 1 bed; 27 x 2 bed and 28 x 3 bed units) to 86 no. units (comprising 9 x 1 bed; 53 x 2 bed and 24 x 3 bed units), resulting in an increase of 13 no. residential units. The above changes are facilitated through an increased footprint and form of the block at the northern end together with associated internal alterations to the layout and configuration of the block and the extension of previously permitted 5th floor and the provision of a new part-6th floor extension. External alterations include the reconfiguration of balconies/ roof terraces to the block at all levels. The proposed extensions will result in a revised height and mass of Block 4 from a part 1-, part 4-, part 5- and part 6-storey height (21.8 m in height to parapet, above ground level) to a part 1-, part 5-, part 6- and part 7-storey building height (24.075 m in height to parapet, above ground level). Amendments to Block 5 include a reduction in floorspace of the previously permitted café/ restaurant floorspace from a previously permitted 116.5 sq.m to 98.4 sq.m; an increase in the number of residential units from a previously permitted 42 no. units (comprising 4 x 1 bed; 30 x 2 bed and 8 x 3 bed units) to 57 no. units (comprising 6 x 1 bed; 46 x 2 bed and 5 x 3 bed units), resulting in an increase of 15 no. residential units. The above changes are facilitated through proposed extensions at 4th and 5th floor levels together with a revised footprint and form of the block and associated internal alterations to the layout and configuration of the block. External alterations include the reconfiguration of balconies/ roof terraces to the block at all levels. The proposed extensions will result in a revised height and mass of Block 5 from a previously approved part 4- and part 5-storey height (17.78 m in height to parapet, above ground level) to a part 5- and part 6-storey building height (21.05 m in height to parapet, above ground level). In summary, the proposed amendments to Block 1, 2, 4 and 5 will result in a revised mix of uses through the entire omission of the previously approved cinema; a reduction (-88 sq.m) in retail floorspace from 1,425 sq.m to 1,337 sq.m; an increase (45 sq.m) in Café floorspace from 213 sq.m to a proposed 258 sq.m; a reduction (-65.1 sq.m) in restaurant floorspace from 935.7 sq.m to 870.6 sq.m and an increase of 7,395 sq.m in office floorspace from 16,949 sq.m to 24,344 sq.m (GFA), together with an increase (6 no. residential) in the number of residential units from a permitted 178 units to 184 units.
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