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Ireland round-up: €24m earmarked to bring Ireland’s vacant social housing back to use; Cloncreen wind farm approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 6 May-12 May, 2017

€24m earmarked to bring Ireland’s vacant social housing back to use

The Irish Government has announced the latest round of funding, plus targets, designed to ensure local authorities return a minimum of 1,400 void and vacant social housing units to productive use this year, at a cost of €24 million.

The Planner

Cloncreen wind farm approved

An Bord Pleanála has approved Bord na Mona’s proposed 75-megawatt Cloncreen Wind Farm five kilometres from Edenbridge. The project will comprise 21 turbines.

An Bord Pleanála

Cork trade union activists call for municipal housing authority

Trade union activists in Cork are calling for the establishment of a municipal housing authority they claim would help to accelerate the building of public housing.

Irish Times

Council backs maternity hospital move despite building height 

The relocation of the National Maternity Hospital from Holles Street to St Vincent’s Hospital is being supported by Dublin City Council, even though the new building breaks height rules for the site.

Irish Times

Plans unveiled for new College Green plaza in Dublin 

Plans for a €10 million pedestrian and cycle plaza for Dublin’s College Green, which will see a ban on all traffic crossing to and from Dame Street, will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála by Dublin City Council later this month.

Irish Times

Irish ‘rust belt’ fears unless action is taken to secure jobs

‘Rust belts’ – areas of economic deprivation typically found in the north of England and the US – could emerge in Ireland unless action is taken quickly, a union leader has warned.

Irish Independent

Regional towns lose populations as Dublin city sprawls

The urban-rural divide continues to widen with important regional towns losing their populations, while the capital and Leinster draw workers and their families in search of opportunities.

Irish Independent

Coillte eyes housing plan to enable development on its land

State forestry agency Coillte has held talks with property developers and has identified up to 300 hectares of its land that may be suitable for building thousands of new homes.

Irish Times

Plan shelved to protect Central Bank building 

Dublin City Council has shelved plans to add the former Central Bank on Dame Street to the Record of Protected Structures to facilitate its new owners’ development scheme.

Irish Times

An Bord Pleanála statement on housing role published (pdf)

An Bord Pleanála has published a revised statement on its new role in respect of major housing developments. The agency has highlighted that the associated regulations are expected to be published in mid-2017 and that it is currently preparing guidance and advice on how it will apply the new regime which will last until at least 2019.

An Bord Pleanála