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Ireland round-up: Capital planners urge block on Ronan’s towering ambitions; Cheap affordable homes scheme under a cloud

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 20 February-26 February, 2021

Capital planners urge block on Ronan’s towering ambitions

Developer Johnny Ronan’s proposals for a 45-storey residential tower in Dublin’s docklands contravene both the capital’s development plan and the planning scheme for the docklands area and must be refused, say city planners in a strongly worded submission to An Bord Pleanála.

The Planner

Cheap affordable homes scheme under a cloud

Opposition TDs (Teachta Dála) have called on the government to scrap its proposed shared equity scheme in the proposals for cheap homes promoted in the Affordable Housing Bill, about which the Central Bank has misgivings according to reports in the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent

Capital museum flats conversion refused

The city council has refused a plan to turn the former Georgian House Museum on the corner of Merrion Square in Dublin city centre into luxury flats.

Irish Times

Land development agency bill moves

Housing minister Darragh O’Brien is facing pressure from his party colleagues to strengthen affordability provisions in the land development agency bill, published earlier this month.  

Irish Times

Latest Dublin Airport night flight noise control regime queries

Fingal County Council has requested further detail from airport operator DAA on the impact of a proposed new noise quota system designed to control night flights using Dublin airport’s new €320 million runway.

Irish Independent

Croke Park pub faces wrecking ball

Quin’s in Drumcondra, a north Dublin pub that has long been a favoured watering hole for GAA fans heading for Croke Park, is set to be demolished under proposals to redevelop the site with 50 flats and several retail units.

Irish News

Ardee development scheme

The former O'Dea Agri Seeds Ltd mill site in Ardee, along with the nearby De La Salle Monastery building, could become a major development prospect under proposals to amend the Draft Louth County Development Plan.

Irish Independent

Green light for boutique aparthotel in Dublin’s north inner city

Anthony Byrne, the former owner and founder of Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre, has obtained planning permission to develop a boutique 10-unit aparthotel in the north inner city at Marlborough Place Square.

Irish Times

Protection bid for capital’s Player Wills factory site

The former Player Wills factory in Dublin 8, which is at the centre of a major redevelopment scheme that includes a 19-storey residential tower, has been recommended for addition to the city’s Record of Protected Structures.

Irish Times

Go-ahead for 1,100-home urban quarter in Dublin

Dublin City Council has approved O’Flynn Group’s plans for a new €625 million urban quarter at Southwest Gate on the Naas Road designed to provide more than 1,100 flats, a 148-bedroom hotel and commercial units.

Irish Times