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Ireland round-up: Co-living development hits the buffers; Major Dublin development approved; Geothermal energy touted as heat source

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 21 November-27 November, 2020

Co-living development hits the buffers

Housing and local government minister Darragh O’Brien this week announced what amounts to a virtual blanket ban on co-living schemes.

The Planner

Lichfield Lecture: Planners can lead the way in transforming public health

In the wake of the Covid pandemic, planners have the opportunity to shape the built environment in ways that promote better health outcomes, while also creating more attractive and neighbourly places to live, Prof. Georgia Butina Watson argued in the 2020 RTPI Nathaniel Lichfield Lecture.

The Planner

Major Dublin development approved

An Bord Pleanála has approved fast-track proposals to demolish a retail park on the Naas Road in Dublin to make way for a mixed-use development that will include about 1,100 flats arranged in a series of nine blocks. It will also provide commercial floor space, shops, cinema, a medical centre and a plaza.

Irish Independent

Gorey film studio project

Proposals for what would be one of the biggest film studios in Ireland have been announced by Tara Studios. It wants to develop a 23,225-square-metre complex with up to seven sound stages and related production facilities at Borleagh Manor near Gorey in North Wexford.

Irish Independent

Shanganagh Castle

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has agreed to transfer lands at the site of Shanganagh Castle to the Land Development Agency for the construction of nearly 600 affordable and cost-rental flats and houses.

Irish Independent

Geothermal energy touted as heat source

Two reports compiled for the government have concluded that harnessing natural energy from beneath the Earth’s surface could be a significant new heat source for the country, suitable for use in residential, commercial and municipal buildings.   

Irish Times

Major capital flat makeover takes shape

Preliminary redevelopment proposals for Oliver Bond House, one of the largest and oldest apartment complexes in Dublin city, have been drawn up by the council’s architects division. The regeneration programme for the 14 blocks of flats in the south-west inner city, built in 1936, could take up to 15 years to complete.

Irish Times

Lack of wastewater infrastructure holds up Co Cork housing

Proposals to build at least 160 houses in Duhallow and Mitchelstown are on ice because of delays in either upgrading – or providing – waste-water treatment plants in County Cork, it has emerged.

Irish Independent

Limerick clinic project

Denis O'Brien's Beacon Hospital in Sandyford has applied for planning permission to develop a new day clinic for medical consultant services, diagnostics and day surgery procedures in Limerick. This would involve a change of use of two floors in an office building.

Irish Independent

Dundalk regeneration funding plea

The absence of urban regeneration funding for the Bridge Street and Linenhall Street area of north Dundalk was raised in the Seanad last week by Senator John McGahon.

Irish Independent

County Wexford protects famine-era wall

A famine-era wall, still largely intact, on lands at Ballyhogue, Bree, has been added to the record of protected structures by Wexford County Council.

Irish Independent