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Ireland round-up: Agency improves appeals handling times; Fast-track County Wicklow application submitted

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 25 July-31 July 2020

Agency improves appeals handling times

During 2019 there was a significant improvement in handling times for normal appeals, reports An Bord Pleanála.

The Planner

Fast-track County Wicklow application submitted

Cosgrave Property Group has made an application for more than 1,100 new homes in Fassaroe to An Bord Pleanála using the fast-track planning regime. Back in 2017, An Bord Pleanála blocked a proposal that had been approved by Wicklow County Council for nearly 660 flats and houses.

Irish Independent

Ronan closing in on key Ringsend site?

Developer Johnny Ronan and US investment firm Colony Capital are reported to have made the top bid to Nama for a controlling stake in the former Irish Glass Bottle site in Dublin’s Ringsend, which is expected to provide 3,500 new homes. Meanwhile, Rory Williams, the chief executive of Ronan Group Real Estate, has written to housing and planning minister Darragh O'Brien to complain that senior officials in Dublin City Council were guilty of “deep and ingrained personal bias and malice” against Ronan. 

Irish Times and Irish Independent

Meath data centre road fund wrangle

The parties behind a large-scale data storage centre planned for County Meath are fighting a demand by the county council that they pay €1.85 million towards a new road before work can start on the project, earmarked for a site near Bracetown.

Irish Independent

Fingal lines up Luas link

Proposals for the extension of the Luas Green line to Finglas, which will put the north Dublin suburb within 30 minutes travel time of the city centre, have been released for public consultation.

Irish Times

Housing supply dip

The supply of new housing has dropped by a third over the past year and could fall further because of Covid-19 shocks, according to report by GeoDirectory, the firm that provides a national database on all properties to An Post and State agencies.

Irish Independent

Cork moves to aid walking and cycling

Cork City Council has unveiled proposals to fully or part pedestrianise some 14 significant streets in the city centre and create four kilometres of new cycle lanes. 

Irish Times

Dublin market makeover

Dublin City Council is exploring the feasibility of its plans to turn the city’s Victorian-era fruit and vegetable market into an indoor retail food venue to rival those at Cork’s English Market or London’s Covent Garden.

Irish Independent

Enniscorthy initiative

Wexford County Council has applied for €15 million funding to develop a comprehensive tourism project for Enniscorthy based on the town’s landmark castle. 

Irish Independent

LDA makes a move for capital housing scheme

The State’s Land Development Agency (LDA) has announced its intention to take on the redevelopment of St Teresa’s Gardens in Dolphin’s Barn, 15 years after Dublin City Council proposed to redevelop the dilapidated 1950s flat complex.

Irish Times

Smoky coal ban

A government ban on the burning of smoky coal has been extended to all towns with populations of more than 10,000. It will come into effect from 1 September.

Irish Times

Speculation over Hong Kong city plan

There has been considerable UK and Irish media speculation this week that property tycoon Ivan Ko is interested in building a new city in the republic to house emigrants from Hong Kong. The favoured location is thought to be a site between Drogheda and Dundalk, near the border with Northern Ireland and within striking distance of Dublin Airport.

Irish Independent