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Ireland round-up: Coveney claims quicker planning for major housing projects under fast-track regime; Wicklow plan to dump material dredged from Dargle rejected

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 25 February-3 March, 2017

Coveney claims quicker planning for major housing projects under fast-track regime

Irish housing and planning minister Simon Coveney has told the Dail’s housing committee that the new temporary fast-track planning regime for major housing schemes would reduce significantly the time such projects are in planning.

The Planner

Wicklow plan to dump material dredged from Dargle rejected

A proposal by Wicklow County Council to dump up to 200,000 tonnes of inert material dredged from the Dargle river onto environmentally protected land has been rejected by An Bord Pleanála.

The Irish Times

Naughten to double number of state’s air-monitoring stations 

The number of air-monitoring stations around the country will be doubled to 70 so the state can develop more evidence-based clean air policies, said minister for communications and climate change Denis Naughten.

The Irish Times

Coillte halts plans for tree-felling in the Dublin mountains

State-owned forestry company Coillte has deferred a large tree-felling operation in Ticknock Forest, in the Dublin mountains, because of the impact it would have on recreational activity.

The Irish Times

Dramatic increase in nursing homes needed to meet demand

The Irish nursing home market is facing a significant challenge in which the demand for places exceeds supply while the level of transactions and construction activity both remain subdued, concludes a report into the sector by agents Cushman & Wakefield.

Irish Independent

Consultation on development zone set to end

Public consultation on Dublin City Council’s draft planning scheme for its Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone in the docklands area of the city is set to end on 8 March.

Dublin City Council

European Investment Bank backs record social housing investment

The European Investment Bank has confirmed support for record new investment in social housing, totalling €405 million, involving the construction and improvement of thousands of properties across Ireland.

Department for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

Government’s plan to solve housing crisis ‘likely to fail’

The government’s plan to solve the housing crisis by accelerating the supply is likely to fail and lead only to more young people being priced out of the market, warns a new study by Dublin architect Mel Reynolds.

The Irish Times