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Ireland round-up: Boost for major solar farm development; Public participation order extended

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 9 May-15 May, 2020

Boost for major solar farm development

Part state-owned power company ESB and Irish renewable energy company Harmony Solar have teamed up to develop a slew of major ground-mounted solar projects across the republic – promising a significant boost to Ireland’s solar power capacity.

The Planner

Public participation order extended

The government has made an order further extending all public participation periods in the planning system for an extra 14 days, up to and including 23 May 2020.

Irish Government

Fast-track flats approved in Dalkey and near Grand Canal

Sean Mulryan's Ballymore Group has won fast-track planning approval from An Bord Pleanála to build 435 flats in blocks up to 13 storeys high on the site of the demolished Ormond Printworks near Dublin’s Royal Canal. In a separate fast-track decision, developer Twinlite has received the go-ahead to build 101 flats beside the Castle Park School in Dalkey.

Irish Independent

Dublin hotel development

Premier Inn owner Whitbread has entered into an agreement to lease a 106-bedroom hotel, yet to be approved or built, at Usher’s Quay in Dublin 8. 

Irish Times

Capital flats scheme irks oxygen supplier

BOC Gases, the main supplier of medical oxygen in the country’s fight against the Covid-19 outbreak, is objecting to proposals for a huge fast-track build-to-rent complex next to its key production headquarters on the outskirts of Dublin.

Irish Independent

South Dublin studio land deal

South Dublin County Council has agreed to sell 20 hectares of land for €26.4 million to a company that plans to build the state’s largest film and TV studios as part of a media complex at Grange Castle Business Park in Dublin 22.

Irish Times

High-rise project near Dublin’s Heuston Station panned 

State agency Transport Infrastructure Ireland and locals are concerned about fast-track plans by developer Joe O'Reilly for a major residential-led mixed-use scheme that includes a 29-storey landmark tower near Heuston Station, Dublin.

Irish Independent

Go-ahead for capital social housing

The construction of almost 300 social homes on three vacant sites in Dublin, including one bought by the Dublin Docklands Development Authority for €23 million, has been approved by the Department of Housing under a public-private partnership scheme.

Irish Times

Shrinking homes

New homes completed so far this year are almost a third smaller than their equivalents 10 years ago, according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. 

Irish Independent

College Green moves

Dublin’s College Green is set to be pedestrianised – and cars restricted throughout much of the city after 11am – under plans to reopen the city centre as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Under these moves cafes and restaurants would be allowed put more tables and chairs outdoors.

Irish Times

Cork retailers up in arms over retail outlet on outskirts

Cork city retailers have warned that a plan by the county council to allow a €100 million Kildare Village-type retail outlet on the outskirts of the city will have a serious impact on city traders already hit badly by Covid-19.

Irish Times

Shannon LNG terminal twist

The US company behind Shannon LNG has confirmed that it is preparing a fresh planning application for the project as it awaits a High Court verdict on the validity of its existing permission for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Ballylongford on the Shannon Estuary.

Irish Independent

Social housing construction target missed

Social housing construction fell short of its target again last year with local councils, not-for-profit housing bodies and private builders completing 5,771 homes instead of 6,242. The Department of Housing said the aim of adding 10,000 homes to the social housing stock nationally last year was achieved by buying more properties on the open market. 

Irish Examiner

Bid for bigger Cork student scheme

Lyonshall, the developer behind fast-track proposals to build student flats overlooking the Lough in Cork city, has applied to An Bord Pleanála to increase the size of the development from 419 student beds to 554.

Irish Examiner