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Ireland round-up: Climate change blueprint published; Home ownership in Dublin falls to record low

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 11 March-17 March, 2017

Climate change blueprint published

Five years behind deadline, the Irish Government has finally published a draft National Mitigation Plan designed to deal with climate change.

The Planner

Home ownership in Dublin falls to record low

Home ownership in Dublin has fallen to the lowest rate since records began in 2000, according to unpublished figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office.

Irish Times

RTPI Brexit update (pdf)

The RTPI has published a Brexit update that includes the institute's views on legal and environmental issues.


Amazon planning €1bn data centre campus in Dublin

Amazon has submitted plans to build a 20,739 square metre data centre in Mulhuddart, Dublin, close to a facility owned by pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb. The project is likely to cost up to €200 million. The internet giant added that it might create up to seven other data centres costing up to €700 million at the 26 ha site owned by the IDA.

Irish Independent

Planning application for €300m maternity hospital lodged

The long-awaited planning application for the new National Maternity Hospital to be built on the campus of St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin has been lodged.

Irish Times

Dublin Airport runway gets five-year planning extension

DAA has been given five more years to build its planned €320 million north runway at Dublin Airport.

Irish Times

Single PPP consortium sought for 500 social homes

A single development consortium is to be selected to build 500 social homes at six separate locations in Dublin and surrounding counties under a public private partnership (PPP) deal.

Irish Times

Cork Flood Relief Scheme taking ‘wrong approach’

Critics of the €140 million Cork Flood Relief Scheme say it will turn the city into a building site while ultimately being ineffective in terms of protecting against rising sea levels.

Irish Times

Airbnb requires greater regulation, city council told

Dublin City Council is considering developing a regulatory regime to deal with the growth of Airbnb activity in the capital.

Irish Times

Irish airport in plan to boost commercial facilities

Shannon Airport is preparing a new master plan to boost its commercial footprint.

Belfast Telegraph

Planning framework response submitted

Cork County Council and Cork City Council have prepared a joint submission for the National Planning Framework with an evidence-based strategy for maximising the capacity of Cork to complement Dublin.

Cork City Council

Irish Cement fuel switch receives council approval

Irish Cement has been granted planning permission for its plans to switch to burning alternative fuels at its Mungret cement plant in Limerick.

World Cement

Getting smarter on cycling in the capital

Dublin City Council and Enterprise Ireland has announced €100,000 of funding to help scale up cycling in the city using smart technology solutions.

Dublin City Council

Planners overrule advice and block apartments

The family behind infrastructure investment company NTR – the Roche family – has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála for a small luxury flats development in Dublin’s Ballsbridge suburb after objections by An Taisce and residents.

Irish Independent

Irish towns encouraged to undergo ‘health checks’

Irish towns are being encouraged to have a “health check” in a bid to be more attractive places to live and work, emulating areas like Westport and Tralee.

Irish Times

Quarry expansion proposal is refused

An Bord Pleanála has refused two appeals relating to a quarry at Belcarrig Hill, Ballycanew originally refused by Wexford County Council.

Irish Independent