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Ireland round-up: €500m funding boost for Irish urban regeneration projects; Bessborough mother-and-baby home development appeal

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 6 March-12 March, 2021

€500m funding boost for Irish urban regeneration projects

A total of 15 large-scale regeneration projects across Ireland have been awarded government funding of nearly €500 million. Eight of the schemes are in greater Dublin, the rest in the Midlands and north-east regions.

The Planner

Bessborough mother-and-baby home development appeal

MWB Two Ltd, the company behind a controversial development in the grounds of a former mother-and-baby home at Bessborough in Blackrock, County Cork, has lodged an appeal against Cork City Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a flatted complex at the location, which has also been earmarked for a fast-track housing scheme.

Irish Times

Land Development Agency makes waves

Members of South Dublin County Council have urged the government to halt the progress of the land development agency bill, currently making its way through the Dáil, on the grounds that it will “undermine local democracy” as councillors would lose their veto on local authority land transfers. Meanwhile, the agency has told the Oireachtas housing committee that it is planning to deliver homes at its first site at a discount of about one-third of the market rent.

Irish Times

Office home conversion plea

Leading housing charity Peter McVerry Trust wants the government to extend by two years a planning rule that allows vacant commercial buildings to be converted into residential use. This provision is due to expire at the end of this year.

Irish Times

Dublin lawyers up in arms over St Stephen’s Green office campus

Dublin law firm Byrne Wallace is objecting to plans by US property giant Kennedy Wilson to construct a huge new commercial campus at St Stephen’s Green that will have the capacity to accommodate 3,000 office workers but which the legal company states will overlook its Dublin 2 offices in nearby Harcourt Street.

Irish Times

Capital hotel makes the grade

One of Dublin’s newest hotels – the Iveagh Garden Hotel on Harcourt Street – has secured planning permission on appeal from An Bord Pleanála for an extension that will increase its bed capacity by almost a third, despite opposition from both the board inspector who considered the case and Dublin City Council.

Irish Times

Data centre fears aired

The growth of data centres “is getting out of control” with almost 100 in the pipeline, the Dáil has been warned.

Irish Times

Poolbeg chimney stacks move

Dublin’s landmark Poolbeg chimney stacks may have to be encased in fibreglass or concrete to guarantee their long-term survival, according to Dublin City Council.

Irish Times

Urban conservation funding boost

The government is to provide €7 million to boost jobs, help in the renewal of town centres, improve biodiversity, and preserve ancient monuments – thanks to five separate conservation funding programmes.

Irish Times

County Clare wind turbine move

Clare County Council is taking enforcement action requiring the removal of a single wind turbine erected near the village of Parteen near the Limerick border for “non-compliance with planning permission”.

Irish Times

Sandyford brewing development appeal rejected

An Bord Pleanála has rejected an appeal by Carlow Brewing Company over the decision by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to refuse planning permission for a new production facility with a visitor area including viewing platform, bar, restaurant and outdoor seating area at the Sandyford Business Park on the outskirts of Dublin.

Irish Times

More green transport projects funded

The National Transport Authority has committed a total of €240 million to support sustainable transport projects across the country, an increase of over €130 million compared with last year’s allocation. It will fund 233 new projects.

National Transport Authority