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22/01/2021

Ireland round-up: Affordable housing bill published; Mixed fortunes for capital co-living schemes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 16 Janaury-22 January, 2021

Affordable housing bill published

The Irish Government has published legislation designed to boost the provision of affordable housing.

The Planner

Wei Yang inaugurated as president of the RTPI

Dr Wei Yang FRTPI has pledged to inform and update the public on the purpose of town planning in her year as president of the RTPI.

The Planner

Mixed fortunes for capital co-living schemes

There have been mixed fortunes for two co-living projects in the capital. Developer Westridge Real Estate has secured consent from Dublin City Council for a 91-bed space project on the site of Kiely’s, the landmark pub premises in Donnybrook – but An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for a fast-tracked 14-storey, 506-bed space scheme beside Dublin’s Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Market in the north inner city because of its adverse impact on protected structures. The applications for both proposals predated housing minister Darragh O’Brien’s ban late last year on such developments.

Irish Times

Dublin development plan consultation

Dublin City Council is urging the city’s residents and businesses to take part in the first stage of the public consultation process for the capital’s replacement development plan, which will highlight the need for compact growth centred on a series of “urban villages”.

Dublin City Council

Wales power link progress

An Bord Pleanála is considering a strategic infrastructure application from Greenlink Interconnector Ltd for a €450 million electricity interconnector between Ireland and the UK with 190km of high-voltage cables stretching underground and beneath the sea from Great Island in Campile to Pembrokeshire in Wales. The project will involve the building of an electricity converter station at Great Island and the laying of cables across a wide area of south Wexford.

Irish Independent

County Kerry wind farm

A green energy developer linked to EMPower has begun consulting on a 50-megawatt 12-turbine wind farm earmarked for a site 5.5 kilometres north of Listowel in County Kerry.

Irish Independent

Cork County crematorium project resurfaces

A fresh application has been submitted for a crematorium on the site of the former Duhallow Park Hotel at Dromcummer Beg, Kanturk, where a previous scheme was refused by, initially, Cork County Council and subsequently An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Independent

Drogheda flats

Urban Life Developments Limited has revealed proposals to redevelop the Bayview House site overlooking Drogheda Railway Station with 58 new flats.

Irish independent

Wexford live music venue move

Lantern Events’ Brian Byrne has revealed proposals for a new live music venue in Wexford with a combined seated and standing capacity of 600 and an entrance from the old Wesleyan Chapel on Rowe Street.

Irish Independent

Stay on Bessborough flats urged over baby burial concerns

Mary Linehan Foley (54), the Mayor of Cork County and an adoptee born in the Bessborough mother-and-baby home in Cork, has called for a stay on a planning application for a flatted development in the grounds until a full investigation is undertaken to see if any babies are buried at the site.

Irish Times

Call for retail planning review

The pandemic has highlighted the need for an urgent review of retail planning in general and the change-of-use regime in particular, according to a comment piece by Mervyn Ellis, director of retail agency at property giant BNP Paribas Real Estate.

Irish Times

Ronan proposes Dublin’s tallest tower

Developer Johnny Ronan has taken the latest step towards fulfilling his ambition of delivering Dublin’s tallest building with a fast-track application to An Bord Pleanála to build a 45-storey residential tower as part of a mixed-use scheme. The scheme is designed to provide 1,005 flats at a development known as Waterfront South Central in the city’s north docklands.

Irish Times

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