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Ireland round-up: ‘Root-and-branch’ planning review deferred; 600-acre land bank on Shannon Estuary a major opportunity

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 8 April-13 April, 2017

‘Root-and-branch’ planning review deferred 

The Irish Government’s promised root-and-branch review of the planning system has been deferred to allow time for current changes to the regime to take effect, housing and planning minister Simon Coveney has said.

The Planner 

600-acre land bank on Shannon Estuary a major opportunity

Property consultancy JLL Ireland has begun marketing a strategically important 242-hectare industrial development site on the Shannon Estuary, County Kerry, which already has planning permission for a 500-megawatt combined heat and power plant and a liquefied natural gas terminal.

Irish Independent

Irish parliamentary watchdog backs fracking ban: ‘Risks outweigh the benefits’

An Irish parliamentary committee has backed a ban on fracking, with a warning that it would be irresponsible to allow it.

Belfast Telegraph

Coveney defends use of housing completion statistics

Housing and planning minister Simon Coveney has once again clarified and defended the administration’s use of census statistics and housing completion figures in the context of the government’s bid to meet challenging housing supply and delivery targets.

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

Motorists to get better views by lowering of Clontarf wall

Work is expected to begin this year to reduce the height of a newly built Clontarf flood defence wall in Dublin.

Irish Times

New wastewater treatment plant to help clean up Cork Harbour

The opening of a new wastewater treatment plant will help to clean up Cork Harbour by cutting raw sewage discharges into it by 50 per cent, insists housing and local government minister Simon Coveney.

Irish Times

427-bedroom hotel for Dublin Airport approved 

A company controlled by London-based hoteliers has been granted permission by Fingal County Council for a 10-storey, 427-bedroom hotel near Dublin Airport.

Irish Independent

Cork business organisations back city’s flood relief scheme  

Business representative organisations in Cork have expressed strong support for a €140 million Office of Public Works flood relief scheme for the city despite a campaign group claiming the plan would reduce access to the river Lee for Corkonians.

Irish Times

Transport bodies fear new Dublin 6 offices may hamper Luas 

Transport Infrastructure Ireland has criticised Dublin City Council for failing to inform it of a large-scale development proposal that could have an impact on the operation of the Luas Green Line and the development of Metro South.

Irish Times

Proposed cross-Border electricity connector could cut energy bills

A proposed cross-border high-powered electricity connector between North and South could cut energy bills by a total of €30 million a year, a report commissioned by business groups on both sides of the Border has claimed.

Irish Times

Architects need to be ‘more creative’ 

Architects must “get more creative” and design better flats to help halt urban sprawl and foster communities, says Carole Pollard, president of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.

Irish Independent