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Ireland round-up: Call for submissions for review of housing action plan; Kerry council in talks with HSE over old hospital site

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 22 July-28 July, 2017

Call for submissions for review of Irish housing action plan

Irish housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy has formally called for submissions to a targeted review of the government’s housing action plan published a year ago.

The Planner

RTPI announces 2017 research awards shortlist

The RTPI has published the shortlist for the 2017 Awards for Research Excellence, with 17 research projects competing across five categories.

The Planner

Johnny Ronan suffers blow as sports hotel turned down

Developer Johnny Ronan has suffered a fresh planning blow after Wicklow County Council refused planning permission for his planned €50 million 141-bedroom ‘sports' hotel at St Valery’s, Enniskerry.

Irish Independent

Kerry council in talks with HSE over old hospital site

Kerry County Council is negotiating with the HSE over lands at the former St Finan’s mental hospital in Killarney which might be used as a site for a third-level tourism college and training hotel.

Irish Times

New floor and rooms approved in Marker hotel expansion

Dublin City Council has approved GCS Hotel Property’s £10 million proposals for the extension of its Marker hotel in the capital that will include 30 bedrooms on a new floor.

Irish Independent

Ryanair calls for end to Dublin Airport runway delays

Ryanair has called for an end to delays in implementing a second runway at Dublin Airport.

Insider Media

Valentia Island in bid for Unesco status

The Irish Government is to push for Valentia Island off County Kerry to be given Unesco World Heritage status because of its contribution to world telecommunication.

BBC News

Naughten welcomes plan to develop site in Athlone

Environment minister Denis Naughten has welcomed proposals to develop a site for the life sciences sector which could lead to the creation of 300 jobs near Athlone.

Irish Times

Dundrum locals proactive on shopping centre future

Residents in the Dundrum area of south Dublin are undertaking a major consultation process with local businesses, residents and politicians in advance of development proposals for a shopping centre being formulated.

Irish Independent

Dublin’s newest sports store in hot water over planning issues

Dublin City Council has issued an enforcement notice against sports retail chain Sports Direct over planning permission and signage issues over its six-storey shop in North Earl Street in the city centre.

Irish Independent

Developer suffers setback as ‘low density’ housing plan is rejected

Developer Gerry Gannon's plans for a €55 million 219-homes development in Gorey, County Wexford, have been turned down, partly because of density issues.

Irish Independent

Developer asks for hearing in 22-storey skyscraper appeal

Developer Johnny Ronan has requested that An Bord Pleanála holds an oral hearing into Dublin City Council’s refusal of his proposed 22-storey skyscraper on George’s Quay.

Irish Independent

Housebuilding just over half level needed to meet demand, CIF warns

The number of houses built in the state this year will be just over half of that required annually to meet demand, the construction industry has warned.

Irish Times

Murphy signs off legislation to further extend duration of planning permissions for certain developments

Planning minister Eoghan Murphy has signed the secondary legislation which allows for extensions of the duration of planning permissions for housing developments in certain circumstances. The measures come into force on 9 August.

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government