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Ireland round-up: Coveney rejects Waterford ‘land grab’ but urges more cooperative planning; Donohoe launches public consultation on the Mid-Term Capital Review

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 1 April - 7 April, 2017

Coveney rejects Waterford ‘land grab’ but urges more cooperative planning

Irish housing minister Simon Coveney has rejected proposals to redraw the electoral boundaries between Kilkenny and Waterford amid accusations of a "land grab".

The Planner

Donohoe launches public consultation on the Mid-Term Capital Review

Public expenditure minister Pascal Donohoe has launched a public consultation on which major new capital projects should be added to the National Infrastructure Plan now a further €2.65 billion has been allocated for additional schemes.

Irish Government News Service

Council throws out Ires Reit's €170m plan for 500 flats

The state's biggest private landlord, Irish Residential Properties Reit, has been refused permission by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council for a €170 million development of nearly 500 flats at Sandyford in south Dublin.

Irish Independent

Planned €100m office complex to overlook Galway Docks

Developer Gerry Barrett has unveiled proposals for a €100 million complex overlooking Galway Docks. The scheme will include four top-end office blocks, extending to 26,000 square metres, as well as 2,005 sq.m of retail floor space spread over the four buildings.

Irish Times

Planning sought for €75m extension to Charlestown Shopping Centre

The owners of the Charlestown Shopping Centre, on the northside of Finglas, Dublin 11, have submitted  €75 million proposals to  extend it to accommodate an additional 5,109 square metres of retail floor space and some 233 flats.

Irish Times

Redevelopment plans for Phibsborough shopping centre submitted

Plans for a €50 million redevelopment of the 1960s Phibsborough shopping centre, including construction on part of the grounds of Dalymount Park, have been submitted to Dublin City Council.

Irish Times

37 social housing units delivered by private sector last year

It has emerged that developers delivered only 37 social housing units last year under Part V planning regulations, which require the allocation of 10 per cent of new homes for use as social housing.

Irish Times

Solar farm developments lack proper strategy, warns planner

There has been a "sudden wave" of applications to build solar power farms in Ireland but there is still no strategic plan for their development, an An Bord Pleanála inspector has complained.

Irish Independent

Naughten finalizes the Broadband Intervention Map for National Broadband Plan

The government has paved the way to ensure that an additional 300,000 premises across Ireland can access high speed broadband within 90 weeks. These premises were previously part of the State Intervention Area but will now be provided by Eir.

Irish Government News Service

Housing minister announces 50,000 new social housing units

Close to 50,000 new social housing units are due to come on stream over the next five years as part of the administration’s €5.4 billion housing strategy, housing minister Simon Coveney has insisted.

Irish Independent

296 new student beds announced for capital

The second phase of the New Mill student housing scheme in Dublin's Liberties has been announced by student accommodation specialists GSA and its joint-venture partners, Harrison Real Estate Capital.

Irish Independent

Councillors approve PPP plans for 500 homes

Plans to build 500 social homes in Dublin and its surrounding commuter counties using a public private partnership (PPP) deal, have been approved by Dublin city councillors.

Irish Times

‘Pain will only get worse' for house buyers as developers hoarding land

Developers are hoarding land with planning permission in place for new homes, in the expectation that rising prices will boost profits, Claire Solon, president of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, has told an audience at the Irish Planning Institute's annual conference.

Irish Independent

Fingal fastest growing area 

Fingal has become the fastest growing area in the country and boasts the youngest population, according to Census 2016.

The Herald