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Ireland round-up: An Bord Pleanála approves Cork waste plant against advice of its inspector; Waterford eco-community project makes waves

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 26 May – 1 June 2018

Waterford eco-community project makes waves

Proposals for a 2,000-home eco-community near Waterford are under consideration, according to reports in the Irish press.

The Planner 

An Bord Pleanála approves Cork waste plant against advice of its inspector

Waste company Indaver Ireland has been granted permission by An Bord Pleanála to build a controversial waste-to-energy facility in Cork Harbour.
The Planner

Key urban and rural development funds launched

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this week launched the €4 billion Project Ireland 2040 funds for rural development, urban regeneration, climate action and innovation.

Irish Government

Major Galway scheme redeveloper named

Property developer Gerry Barrett has been awarded a contract by the board of CIÉ to develop a key site beside Ceannt railway station in Galway city centre. The new urban neighbourhood will include shops, offices, flats, a hotel and a transport interchange.

Irish Times

Dublin docklands project

Plans by developer Johnny Ronan, for 325 new homes and a 190-unit aparthotel in Dublin's docklands, have been submitted to the city council.

Irish Independent

Tech companies canvass ministers over Dublin housing

Tech companies Stripe and Amazon each met government ministers earlier this year to discuss housing policy. This comes ahead of the planned growth of their operations in the capital, according to entries in the lobbying register.

Irish Times

Trinity College Dublin development

Work is due to begin later this year on the E3 Institute, a €60 million development at Trinity College Dublin. The project will create 1,800 places for students of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Irish Times

Size scuppers capital office block

Height issues have scuppered plans for another office block in the Ballsbridge area of Dublin 4. Proposals have been refused by the city council and are the subject of an appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Independent

Cork housing contract

Cork City Council has signed the main contract for a €16 million social housing scheme in the city designed to provide up to 65 new homes.

Cork City

Stationless bike scheme underway in Dublin

Dublin City Council this week launched the first regulated, stationless, low-cost bike hire scheme in the capital.

Dublin City Council

New stretch of Connemara greenway opens

A six-kilometre section of the planned 'Connemara greenway', along the old railway line between Galway and Clifden, has been opened.

Irish Times

Green light for Cherrywood row centre scheme

US real estate giant Hines will press ahead with plans to develop a town centre at Cherrywood in South County, Dublin. The project, given the green light by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council, will provide more than 1,200 build-to-rent flats alongside retail, office and leisure space.

Irish Independent

Vacant government sites highlighted

At least 334 government-controlled sites or buildings are lying idle across the Republic, according to research by The Irish Times.

Irish Times

Climate change failure

Ireland will achieve 'at best' a 1 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, the country’s Environmental Protection Agency has warned. This falls well short of its legally-binding target of 20 per cent.

Irish Independent