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Ireland round-up: Cork boundary changes row hots up in the Dáil; Dublin City Council moots major residential scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 14 October-20 October, 2017

Cork boundary changes row hots up in the Dáil

Deputies (TDs) in the Dáil this week urged the government to reject controversial proposals to extend the Cork city boundary as recommended by the hotly disputed McKinnon report.
The call came as a Fianna Fáil TD introduce a bill requiring any proposed boundary changes to be subject to a plebiscite in the affected communities.

Irish Government

Key Limerick housing scheme

One of the largest residential projects proposed outside the capital has passed an important milestone now that Limerick Twenty Thirty, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Limerick City and County Council, has been confirmed as the developer of an 850-home scheme at Mungret, which still requires a master plan and planning consent.
Limerick Council

Dublin City Council moots major residential scheme

Dublin City Council is seeking a developer to build more than 600 homes on 17 hectares of land it owns at Santry in the north of the city in what will be the largest housing scheme undertaken by the local authority in decades.
Irish Times

Data centre move

IDA Ireland may seek planning permission for future data centres to avoid disputes like the one that delayed Apple’s proposal for Athenry, County Galway.
Irish Times

Green light for Donnybrook luxury flats

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light to a company backed by Irish businessman Denis O'Brien for a €50 million luxury flat plan in Dublin's Donnybrook.
Irish Examiner

M20 commitment

The announcement that the long-awaited M20 motorway between Cork and Limerick has been given the go-ahead by the government has been welcomed by business and political leaders in both cities.
Irish Times

Go-ahead for Cairn homes

Cairn Homes has been granted full planning permission to construct 86 flats in Donnybrook and to add 22 large houses at its Marianella development in Rathgar, both in Dublin.
Irish Times

Dublin cinema redevelopment criticised

Redevelopment plans for the former Screen Cinema in Dublin would create an “overbearing and imposing mass of office building” and have a negative impact on the new Hawkins House development nearby, the Office of Public Works has complained
Irish Times

Dublin Airport runway hiccup      
Fresh complications are clouding the planned use of a new €320 million runway project at Dublin Airport after the government backtracked on proposals to put the Irish Aviation Authority in charge of enforcing EU aircraft noise regulations.
Irish Independent

Taoiseach bangs drum for high-rise flats
Cities should ‘grow up, not out’, and provide more flats for a fast-growing population, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Construction Industry Federation annual conference.
Irish Independent

Case for Cork harbour barrier plan
A group campaigning for the construction of a tidal barrier across Cork Harbour to prevent flooding in the city gave evidence to a joint Oireachtas Committee this week.
Irish Times

Top tower hearing

An Bord Pleanála has set aside two days next week to conduct an oral hearing into developer Johnny Ronan's appeal against Dublin City Council's rejection of plans for what would be Dublin's tallest building earmarked for a site next to Tara Street station.
Irish independent