Leinster's home ground, The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) has been granted permission by Dublin City Council for a €26 million (approx £23m) redevelopment of the Anglesea Stand at the Ballsbridge venue's main arena, The Irish Times has reported.
The project will increase the capacity for Leinster Rugby from 18,500 to 21,000 patrons and provide new facilities for concerts and other events, the RDS said.
The development had been opposed by a number of local residents who said they experienced daily disruption from the 400-plus events held annually at the venue. The Anglesea Road Residents' Association intends to appeal the council's decision to An Bord Pleanála.
The development involves the demolition of the existing Anglesea stand and Anglesea terrace and a "lean-to" open-fronted shed bounding Simmonscourt Road, as well as the removal of a terrace area surrounding the clock tower, which is a protected structure.
A floodlit grandstand with three levels up to 21.3m tall would be built along with a two-storey "pocket building" just under 10m tall, which would be connected to the grandstand by a glazed bridge at first-storey level. The pocket building would house a club shop and hospitality services including players', officials' and media facilities.
The council's planning department noted the "sensitive nature of the proposed project and the proximity of residents on all sides of the site" but said the development "would not have a significant negative impact on the existing amenities of the area", and granted permission.
The RDS said it was "delighted" by the council's decision. "It is a considerable step along the planning process and one that brings the new stand closer to realisation.
"The new facility will create a top-class experience for visitors and positively impact on the Dublin Horse Show, Leinster Rugby and any other events held in the RDS Main Arena."
You can read the original article from Running Rugby HERE