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Ireland round-up: Cork ponders high-rise strategy; Arklow harbour picked for offshore wind boost

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 6 June-12 June, 2020

Cork ponders high-rise strategy

Cork City Council has confirmed that it wants to identify areas of the city most suitable for future high-rise developments and is tendering for a consultancy to undertake a study.

The Planner

Ireland’s planning regulator launches online tool

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has developed and launched an online resource that brings together a range of planning policy guidelines and research in one location.

The Planner

Consultancy appointed for RTPI climate assessment

The RTPI has appointed RSK Environment Ltd to prepare its Climate Impact Assessment and prepare an action plan outlining how the institute can reduce its carbon footprint.

The Planner

Arklow harbour picked for offshore wind boost

Arklow Harbour’s south dock has beaten Wicklow to become the future operations and maintenance base for SSE Renewables's planned expansion of Ireland’s first offshore wind farm. The Arklow Bank array is set to grow dramatically from just seven to perhaps 100 turbines.

Irish Independent

Capital housing schemes make progress

The Department of Housing has approved the first stage of a €44.5 million regeneration of a residential complex in Dublin's north inner city to provide 64 flats. Meanwhile, the go-ahead has been given for the first phase of a project that will see 166 new social homes built on lands at Kildonan, Finglas.

Irish Examiner

Donnybrook homes deal

Cairn Homes has agreed in principle a €30.175 million deal to sell 61 flats to Dublin City Council for social housing from its proposed development of 614 new homes on former RTÉ lands at Donnybrook.

Irish Times

Adare golf resort U-turn

A U-turn by government heritage officials has paved the way for JP McManus’s five-star Adare Manor and Golf Resort to proceed with contentious expansion plans for a new 40-space car park now that reassurances have been given about measures to protect any medieval walls affected by the scheme.

Irish Independent

County Cork wind farm wrangle

Proposals for a 19-turbine wind farm at Ballinger near Millstreet in County Cork have caused consternation. 

Irish Independent

Cork pedestrianisation pause

The pedestrianisation of three Cork city centre streets to facilitate social distancing could take another two weeks to implement after objections were raised.

Irish Examiner

O’Neill cries foul over Donegal football ground

Former Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has objected to proposals for a football ground for a youth team in Donegal that would be located close to a derelict 18th-century country house he owns.

BBC Sport

Latest Dublin listings protect 1970s buildings

Two 1970s buildings, one of which required the demolition of a Regency house on St Stephen’s Green for its construction, have been added to the capital’s record of protected structures.

Irish Times

Developer ditches historic building demolitions in Dublin city centre

A company backed by the family of Larry Goodman has abandoned proposals to demolish a group of historic buildings in Dublin city centre to make way for an office development that the city council had refused and which the developer was appealing.

Irish Independent