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Ireland round-up: Public crowns Lough Boora Parklands as Ireland’s Best Place; Huge new data centre in prospect for County Clare

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 10 November-16 November, 2018

Public crowns Lough Boora Parklands as Ireland’s Best Place

A nature and outdoor sculpture park has been chosen by the public as Ireland’s Best Place. 

The Planner

Huge new data centre in prospect for County Clare 

Proposals for a major new €400 million data centre in County Clare are due to be submitted early next year, according to media reports.

The Planner

Embracing technology will allow planners time to plan

Planning and technology experts have urged the planning profession to take bolder steps to embrace digital technology.

The Planner

Offshore energy planning woes

Transmission company Eirgrid has complained that the consenting regime for offshore wind farms is unfit for purpose and a barrier to harnessing the country’s renewable energy potential.

Irish Independent

Tougher climate change rules for national infrastructure in the offing

Future state infrastructure projects will have to pass tougher climate change rules, or else not go ahead, a top civil servant has said, in a major change in the government’s attitude to global warming.

Irish Times

Dublin transport land grab plan compensation

Homeowners forced to surrender part of their gardens to allow the development of high-capacity bus and cycle routes across the capital will receive average compensation payments of €25,000 each, it has emerged.

Irish Independent

Companies pledge carbon cuts

More than 40 top companies in Ireland have pledged to cut their carbon emissions significantly by 2030.

Irish Times

Bill to help workers suffering fossil fuel changes

A bill proposing the setting up of a ‘just transition’ process to support workers and communities forced to make the transition from a fossil-fuel economy has been proposed by the Green Party.

Irish Times

New build figures

Nearly 5,000 new dwellings were built in the third quarter – a 23.4 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Irish Independent

Cork boundary legislation move in the Dail

Local government minister John Phelan has begun piloting the legislation through the Dáil required to make significant alterations to the boundary between Cork City and Cork County Councils, a matter of dispute between the local authorities.

Irish Government

428 new homes proposed for Shankill

A company controlled by developer Joe O'Reilly is proposing to build more than 428 new homes at a site in Shankill, south Dublin. The firm has notified An Bord Pleanála it wants to use the fast-track planning regime for major residential developments.

Irish Independent