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Ireland round-up: Bartra backed for key Dublin housing development on public land; Consultants claim protected snail will survive Doonbeg golf plans

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 7 September-13 September, 2019

Bartra backed for key Dublin housing development on public land

Developer Bartra Capital Property Company has been named as Dublin City Council’s preferred bidder for the redevelopment of public land at O’Devaney Gardens in the capital’s Stoneybatter district with 769 new homes.

The Planner

Two major housing schemes proposed for the capital

US-headquartered developer Kennedy Wilson has applied to An Bord Pleanála to fast-track proposals for 287 flats on the Stillorgan Road in south Dublin while one of the world's largest co-living developers, The Collective, is set to submit plans for a 235-room development at Fumbally in Dublin 8.

Irish Times and Irish Independent

Consultants claim protected snail will survive Doonbeg golf plans

A €40 million scheme at the Donald Trump-owned Doonbeg golf resort in west Clare will not adversely affect the tiny snail – the vertigo angustior – or any other protected species at the site, according to consultants working for the developer.

Irish Independent

Air pollution fears for M50 homes

Pollution linked to respiratory illness and asthma flare-ups is close to breaching EU safety limits where homes border the M50 motorway at  Castleknock, Tallaght, Cherry Orchard and Palmerstown.

Irish Independent

Limerick picked for EU urban energy initiative

Limerick has been formally unveiled as one of two EU ‘lighthouse’ cities to be selected for a major climate-change pilot programme. The programme aims to give a lead to the rest of Europe on how to reduce the carbon footprint of urban areas.

Limerick City & County Council

US tourism record

Tourism to Ireland topped three million visitors for the first time in the second quarter this year, as visits by Americans reached a spring record.

Irish Independent

Latest move in Ronan’s Dublin docklands building heights battle

Developer Johnny Ronan is making a third bid to increase the height of Salesforce’s new European headquarters at Spencer Dock with the submission of a fresh planning application to Dublin City Council.

Irish Times

County Kildare turf-cutting scheme blocked

Proposals by Josepha Madigan the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, to relocate turf-cutters and allow them to extract peat from a raised bog in County Kildare have been rejected by An Bord Pleanála on appeal because the activity would add to greenhouse gas emissions.

The Irish Examiner