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Ireland round-up: Social housing figures published; mixed fortunes for Dublin housing schemes; South-east regional performance doubts

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 21 July -27 July, 2018

Greenway strategy makes waves

Ministers confirmed this week that a walking and cycling route stretching coast-to-coast and possibly linking Dublin with Galway is the hoped-for centrepiece of the government’s national Greenway strategy just published.

The Planner

Mixed fortunes as An Bord Pleanála determines strategic housing schemes in greater Dublin

Approval for a 459-flat scheme in Sandyford, south Dublin; the "green light" for 462 houses and flats plus 483 student bed spaces at Maynooth, County Kildare; thumbs-up for 102 homes and flats at Killiney, County Dublin; but refusal for 264 houses and flats at the former Magee Barracks at Kildare.

Irish Independent/An Bord Pleanála

Revised Dublin Port masterplan increases investment plans

Dublin Port has published details of its revised masterplan, which highlights higher than expected growth and an increased investment in facilities from €600 million to €1 billion over the next 10 years.

Irish Times

Social housing figures published

Latest government social housing figures indicate that in the first quarter of 2018 nearly 4,000 dwellings were under construction while nearly 2,000 units were about to start on site.

Irish Government

Dublin docklands warehouse conversion approved

Planning permission to redevelop one of the last remaining original warehouse buildings in Dublin docklands into a new office block has been approved by the city council.

Irish Independent

Hanover Quay home conversion attracts Dubliner objections

Neighbours have lodged objections with Dublin City Council over plans by developer Harry Crosbie to turn his home at Hanover Quay into a luxury four-star 19-bedroom hotel.

Irish Independent

Demolition of College Green building in the capital approved

Marlet Property Group has been cleared by An Bord Pleanála to demolish the nine-storey College House on College Green, Dublin and replace it with a 10-storey mixed-use development including a 520-seat venue.

Irish Independent

South-east regional performance doubts

A report examining the economic performance of the south-east region claims the economic recovery is now “running out of steam” in Wexford, Waterford, and neighbouring counties.

Irish Times

Vacant sites identified across Dublin

Vacant sites worth more than €430 million, which could be used for the development of thousands of houses, have been identified across Dublin city and county.

Irish Times

Donnybrook development faces delays

Planners have requested more information from property company Avestus on controversial proposals for an €80 million apartment block in Donnybrook, potentially delaying a decision on the scheme by up to six months.

Irish Times

Surge in energy storage proposals

Analysis by planning and research consultancy PHR points to a surge in applications for large-scale energy storage projects over the past 12 months with 40 proposals logged since June 2017.

Irish Independent

Minerals drilling pitch

New drilling for minerals is on hold because of a foul-up in the drafting of legislation, the Irish Independent has claimed.

Irish Independent