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Ireland round-up: An Bord Pleanála report urges review of planning legislation; Noise pollution levels 'will turn Irish city centres into ghost towns'

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 12 March-18 March, 2016

An Bord Pleanála report urges review of planning legislation

The review group, set up by environment minister Alan Kelly to “ensure that An Bord Pleanála would be best positioned to fulfil its legislative mandate” in relation to an expected increase in construction, has made more than 100 recommendations involving changes in the way the agency carries out its work.

The Planner

Noise pollution levels ‘will turn Irish city centres into ghost towns’

Irish city centres will be left as ‘ghost towns’ inhabited only by single people unless spiraling levels of noise pollution are tackled, according to environmental campaigners who are demanding that major Irish cities outside Dublin - including Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford - draw up special noise regulations to protect residents and make city centres more family-friendly.

Irish Independent

Ballymun unveils WISER plans for the environment

Dublin City Council and The Rediscovery Centre have overseen the start of the Ballymun Boiler House Project, which will see the transformation of the iconic building into a 3D textbook for excellence in education for sustainable development, highlighting best practice in reuse and resource efficiency.

Dublin City Council

Irish Water to seek permission for €300m Ringsend upgrade

The republic’s largest sewage plant in Ringsend, Dublin, is to be increased in capacity by 50 per cent in a €300 million development proposed by Irish Water for which it is about to seek planning permission.

The Irish Times

Wrong homes being built in wrong places

The number of elderly people living in the republic’s towns and cities will grow by more than 32,000 by 2018, creating extra pressure on the country’s creaking housing system.

Irish Independent

Construction activity at highest since 2000

Irish construction activity increased at its fastest pace since June 2000 during February, according to the latest Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers' Index.

Irish Independent

Noonan tells NAMA to speed up land sales to boost housing

NAMA has been told that it must bring land to the market more quickly to stop developers hoarding sites.

Irish Independent

Levy on undeveloped plots of land payable from 2019

Landowners have been warned that a forthcoming levy will affect a high proportion of vacant sites, although the fee will not be payable until 2019.

The Irish Times

Under-fire developer built airstrip beside family home without planning permission

The Larkin family, who are behind a bid to eject at least 40 residents from their homes in west Dublin, built a private airstrip at their residence without planning permission, it has emerged.

Irish Independent