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Ireland round-up: Coveney boosts housing supply with new initiatives; State transport company mulls over proposals to release sites for housing

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Scotland: 1 October - 7 October, 2016

Coveney boosts housing supply with new initiatives

Irish housing minister Simon Coveney has announced that €140 million is being made available over the next five years to councils and approved housing bodies under a ‘repair and lease' scheme designed to bring back 3,500 vacant homes into productive use.

The Planner

State transport company mulls over proposals to release sites for housing

Irish state transport company CIÉ is planning to sell or redevelop prime sites in Dublin, Galway and Cork that could yield thousands of homes, offices and student accommodation.

The Planner

Redevelopment of Hawkins House site hits new snag

Plans to redevelop Hawkins House, announced with great fanfare last June, have run into design problems with Dublin City Council’s planners

Irish Times

Minister 'undermining' runway planning conditions

Politicians in Fingal have expressed concern that the new regime for noise control at Irish airports potentially 'undermines' the planning process.

Irish Independent

Dispute over development linked to murder in Dublin mountains

A man found beaten to death in a remote area of the Dublin mountains was a well-known conservationist who had been vocal in objecting to local development proposals.

Irish Times

Authorities accepted one third of homes

Since 2012, Nama has offered 6,765 residential properties to local authorities and housing charities for use as social housing. But four years on, less than a third of these have actually been taken up.

Irish Independent

Car ban on parts of Liffey Quays mooted in cycle path plan

Dublin City Council is proposing ban on private cars and lorries from Ellis and Arran Quays.

Irish Times

RDS redevelopment: ‘Area is at breaking point’, residents say

The €26 million redevelopment of the Anglesea Stand at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) has been granted planning permission by Dublin City Council but concerned local residents intend to appeal the decision.

Irish Times

Johnny Ronan’s plan to redevelop AIB Bank Centre is approved

Property developer Johnny Ronan has secured planning permission from An Bord Pleanála for the demolition and redevelopment of office blocks at the AIB Bank Centre in Ballsbridge which had been subject to an appeal by conservationists who objected to the plan to level four office blocks.

Irish Times

Developer launches docklands project

Developer Ballymore Group has officially launched its new docklands project, Dublin Landings, a mixed-use development on a 2.35-hectare sit at North Wall Quay which will provide some 273 luxury flats and over 65,000 square metres of flexible Grade A office and retail floor space in five new buildings.

Ballymore Group