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Ireland round-up: An Bord Pleanála reports progress on appeals backlog; Second capital co-living scheme refused

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 21 September-27 September, 2019

An Bord Pleanála reports progress on appeals backlog

An Bord Pleanála has highlighted increased productivity and significant progress in dealing with the backlog of long-standing appeal cases in its latest annual report.

The Planner

RTPI president praises regeneration work during visit to Limerick 

Ian Tant has recognised a ‘real determination’ to succeed in the Irish city of Limerick, despite the local council facing some serious challenges.


Second capital co-living scheme refused

Dublin City Council has turned down proposals for a second co-living housing scheme, this time earmarked for a site in Harold’s Cross.

Irish Independent

Civil Service dispersion mooted

A new decentralisation scheme for civil servants that would see hundreds of jobs moved out of the capital to regional centres is on the table as part of the negotiations for Budget 2020, according to the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent

Dublin air quality breach?

Parts of Dublin city centre are likely to breach EU and World Health Organisation guidelines for air quality in 2019, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Irish Times

Glasnevin campus proposals

Dublin City University is developing accommodation for an additional 1,240 students at its Glasnevin campus, it has emerged.

Irish Independent

Google mulls over housing help

Google has indicated that it is willing to subsidise general housing in Dublin to ease the accommodation crisis, according to a media report.

Irish Independent

Vacant site tax action urged

In its latest economic commentary, the Economic and Social Research Institute has warned of a slowdown in housebuilding and has urged the government to take a more “aggressive” approach to taxing vacant sites.

Irish Times

Blarney castle plays the Nimby card

The owner of one of Ireland’s most-visited tourist draws, Blarney Castle in County Cork, has appealed against proposals for a 120-bed nursing home and 29 detached houses approved by the county council on land close to the attraction.

Irish Independent

Fast-track application for Bray homes project

An Bord Pleanála has received an application for fast-track approval for a 208-home development on land at Bray’s Southern Cross Road.

Irish Independent

Dublin Airport moves

The Dublin Airport Authority is to appeal against planning restrictions on the number of night flights that can use its new runway due to open in 2021 at the same time as it has formally asked Fingal County Council to raise the annual cap on passenger traffic from 32 million to 35 million.

Irish Times and Irish Independent

Better maps in prospect?

Developments designed to ensure that Ireland has more detailed land-use maps that will set out much more clearly how land is used and how it is changing have been highlighted in a lengthy newspaper feature article.

Irish Times

Capital hotel approved

A family-owned company has secured planning permission from the city council to build an eight-storey, 116-bedroom hotel on the south quays of the River Liffey, directly opposite Liberty Hall in Dublin.

Irish Independent

Tipperary initiative gets the go-ahead

Ministers have approved a package of measures to support the revitalisation of Tipperary and the preparation of an action plan for the town.

Irish Government

More Dublin student beds?

US-based CA Ventures is to invest millions of euros in developing student accommodation with plans for more than 500 beds in Dublin and Belfast.

Irish Times

Greener homes and buildings

New building regulations, which come into effect in November, will mean homeowners carrying out major renovations or extensions will be required to ensure that the entire dwelling will meet a higher energy rating. New homes must be twice as energy-efficient as currently and all new buildings must have electric vehicle-charging points.

Irish Times