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Ireland round-up: Aspirational rural blueprint published; Ballyboden fast-track scheme rejected

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 27 March-1 April, 2021

Aspirational rural blueprint published

The Irish Government has launched an ambitious blueprint to transform rural Ireland with a major focus on attracting remote workers to rural communities, revitalising town centres and villages, developing adventure tourism and boosting the green economy.

The Planner

Ballyboden fast-track scheme rejected

An Bord Pleanála has refused fast-track proposals for 131 new homes at Ballyboden in south Dublin, in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, over the developer’s failure to publish a newspaper planning notice stating that the scheme contravened the local development plan.

Irish Times

Donabate development

Glenveagh Properties has been selected by Fingal County Council as its preferred tenderer for the construction of up to 1,200 homes at Donabate in north Dublin, on a 79-acre site at Ballymastone.

Irish Times

Dublin supermarket challenge dismissed

An Bord Pleanála has rejected a third-party appeal by the Kane McCartney Group, which operates five SuperValu supermarkets in Dublin including a branch on Talbot Street, over a decision by Dublin City Council to approve Irish Life Assurance’s proposal to convert the Talbot Mall from 12 vacant small retail units into one new supermarket.

Irish Times

Goatstown student block opposition mounts

Tourism minister Catherine Martin and junior special education minister Josepha Madigan have submitted objections to An Bord Pleanála over a fast-track proposal for a 698-bed student accommodation development across eight blocks in Goatstown in south Dublin. The scheme has triggered a local outcry.

Irish Independent

Funding boost for Foyle cross-border initiative

The communities of Lifford in County Donegal and Strabane in Northern Ireland are set to enjoy a new shared 12-hectare space straddling the border called Riverene, which will provide greenways, play areas, a pavilion, a wetland, cross-border pathways and a newly constructed pedestrian footbridge (that will symbolically connect the space across the River Foyle). This is due to funding from the EU and the two governments for a project that is being jointly developed by Derry City & Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council.

Derry City & Strabane District Council

Wexford market glass roof project

The county council has proposed to transform the Cornmarket/Bullring area of Wexford town by removing an existing roundabout, installing a glass roof over the historic market, providing improved paving, better street lighting and public art.

Irish Independent