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Ireland round-up: State’s biggest-ever infrastructure scheme signed-off: Housing in Ireland

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 21 April-28 April, 2017

State’s biggest ever infrastructure scheme signed off

The government gave final clearance this week for the construction of the country’s new €1 billion national children’s hospital in Dublin. The scheme is the state’s largest ever infrastructure project. It should be operational by early 2022.
The construction tender for the facility on a site at St James’s Hospital in Dublin has been awarded to BAM Ireland, which is expected to begin work “within weeks”.
The projected cost of the flagship hospital has risen dramatically from €400 million in 2012 to more than €1 billion now.

The Planner

State to offer more than 800 sites for at least 50,000 new homes

More than 800 sites owned by local authorities and public bodies will be offered to the private market to help boost housing supply, it has emerged.

Irish Independent

Housing in Ireland

The recent publication by the Central Statistics Office of its first thematic report of the Census 2016 results – covering housing – has reignited the simmering row over what official figures say about existing housing supply and government claims over the delivery of its strategy.

Central Statistics Office

Go-ahead for £40m logistics hub which will employ 1,000
Mountpark Logistics EU has been given the green light by An Bord Pleanála (ABP) to proceed with the development of a €40 million logistics and industrial hub at Baldonnel in south county Dublin.

Irish Independent

Green light for €50m apartments plan

Dublin City Council has given a company backed by billionaire businessman Denis O'Brien the go-ahead for a €50 million luxury flat development in Donnybrook, despite concerns from residents.

Irish Independent

Anger at motorway spur idea that could save state €340m

The administration could save more than €340 million transport by creating a new route for the Cork-Limerick motorway to exploit the existing M8 Dublin-Cork road, it has been claimed. Government transport planners are evaluating several options.

Irish Independent

Inner Dublin regeneration plan to be acted on, says Taoiseach

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the government will act on the advice of a report it commissioned to help regenerate Dublin’s north inner city. The document, put together by the former Workplace Relations Commission chairman Kieran Mulvey, recommended a three-year action plan.

Irish Times

Johnny Ronan seeks revised planning for his Spencer Dock site

Developer Ronan Group Real Estate  is seeking  a revised planning formula for slightly over half its 2.5-hectare  waterfront site in the north Dublin docklands.

Irish Times

O’Connor launches the framework for town centre renewal

The administration has launched the guide which will help communities applying for funding under the government’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme initiative.

Merrion Street

Green light given for Wetherspoon ‘superpub’ in Dublin

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for a Wetherspoon’s ‘superpub’ in the Camden Street area of Dublin. The €4 million development includes a 98-bedroom hotel.

Irish Times

State loans €10m to Shannon Airport to help fund runway upgrade

The state is loaning more than €10 million of the €335 million raised from the sale of Aer Lingus to Shannon Airport to aid it in upgrading its runway.

Irish Times

ESB and Bord na Mona in €500m solar venture to power 15,0000 homes

Bord na Mona and the ESB are joining forces to develop four huge solar farms that are likely to cost in the region of €500 million and generate sufficient electricity to power 150,000 homes. The four solar farms will be based in counties Roscommon, Offaly and Kildare.

Irish Independent

OPW plans seven-storey office block at historic Michael Collins site

The Office of Public Works is to build a seven-storey office block that will connect to Spruce House, a historic Dublin building.

Irish Independent