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Ireland round-up: ‘Ghost’ estates still cast a shadow; Saudi fund lines up €300m Irish development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 18 March-24 March, 2017

‘Ghost’ estates still cast a shadow

More than 40 housing developments remain unfinished in areas of high demand, with no works under way on some despite the housing crisis, according to a report by Ireland’s Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government.

The Planner

Saudi fund lines up €300m Irish development

A €300 million redevelopment of Waterford city is in the pipeline after a Saudi investment group reached an agreement with the city council to develop the Michael Street shopping centre and the North Quays.

Irish Independent

Planners urged to reject ‘anti-urban bias’ in politics and avoid past mistakes

Dublin Chamber of Commerce has urged the government to overcome an “anti-urban bias” in Irish political culture in its submission on the proposed new national planning framework.

Irish Independent

Dublin planners raise concerns over DIT student digs

Dublin City Council has raised “serious concerns” about the potential over-concentration of student accommodation surrounding the new DIT Grangegorman campus.

Irish Times

Households in flood areas may be paid to relocate

Hundreds of families living in flood-prone areas could be given up to €200,000 to relocate under plans considered by the government this week.

Irish Times

Hell Fire Club visitor centre costing €19 million planned

South Dublin County Council is seeking a direction from An Bord Pleanála on its plans for a €19 million visitor centre at the Hell Fire Club in the Dublin mountains.

Irish Times

Rapid-build housing plan will not meet Coveney’s deadline 

Only one “rapid-build” housing scheme currently under construction in Dublin city is expected to be completed ahead of the deadline set by housing minister Simon Coveney to end the use of hotels for homeless families.

Irish Times

Dublin crematorium green-lit

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council proposals for a crematorium at Shankhill in South Dublin have been given the go-ahead.

Irish Independent

Conversion of historic Dublin building to homeless hostel stopped

Work to convert one of Dublin city’s oldest buildings into a homeless hostel has been stopped following the intervention of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Irish Times

Gaelectric to pilot floating wind turbines with French deal

Irish renewable energy developer Gaelectric has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ideol SAS, a French floating wind company, to develop floating offshore wind projects in Irish waters.

Irish Independent

Planned Donegal oyster farms face growing opposition

Opposition is building in Donegal to several large-scale oyster farms planned for scenic areas in the north-west of the county.

Irish Times

Bord Pleanála to defer Cork incinerator decision

An Bord Pleanála has deferred a decision for a fourth time on a planning application by waste management company Indaver for a €160 million incinerator at Cork Harbour, it has emerged.

Irish Times

Preferred bidder selected for Bolands Quay project

The Bolands Quay Development Group has selected BAM Ireland to construct its huge mixed-use scheme involving three new landmark buildings in Dublin’s docklands.

Insider Media

Dubai backers in deal to fund €2bn McEvaddy terminal plan

Businessmen Ulick and Des McEvaddy have secured financial backing from a Dubai-based investment group to build a proposed €2 billion terminal scheme at Dublin Airport.

Irish Independent

RTÉ could raise €75m from ‘prime’ D4 site

Property consultancy Savills is marketing part of broadcaster RTÉ’s Donnybrook campus in Dublin 4 as a potential site for a major residential development of about 500 new flats and houses.

Irish Independent

Clerys redevelopment will provide ‘new focus and heartbeat’ to O’Connell Street

The redevelopment of Clerys department store on Dublin’s O’Connell Street will provide a “new focus and heartbeat” to the city centre, a planning hearing has been told.

Irish Independent

Ryanair founder’s son gets go-ahead to revamp Dublin 4 home

Shane Ryan, the son of Ryanair founder Tony Ryan, has secured planning permission for a major revamp of the former French consulate on Ailesbury Road in Dublin.

Irish Times

Lord fails in attempt to halt €16m upgrade at Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle has won a planning battle to install a new water supply as part of a €16 million upgrade – despite opposition from neighbour Lord Inchiquin, who claimed it would devalue his estate.

Irish Independent