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Ireland round-up: Covid-19 triggers more time for public participation; Capital’s hotel development set to dip

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 28 March-3 April, 2020

Covid-19 triggers more time for public participation

The Irish Government has approved immediate changes to the planning system necessitated by the Covid-19 emergency, which will have the effect of allowing more time for public participation in planning applications.

The Planner

CAP appoints Ian Tant as vice-president

Ian Tant has been appointed as vice-president of the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP). The immediate past president of the RTPI will serve in this role for two years.

The Planner

COP26 postponed due to Covid-19

The COP26 UN climate change crisis has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

The Planner

Capital’s hotel development set to dip 

Commercial real estate adviser Savills Ireland estimates that the capital’s hotel development pipeline will decline by up to 32 per cent as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Irish Times

Crosbie appeals vacant site tax on Dublin property

Developer Harry Crosbie has appealed to An Bord Pleanála over the vacant site tax applied by Dublin City Council on a €1 million warehouse he owns behind the capital’s Vicar Street concert venue. He insists that the property is in use and will become a hotel.

Irish Independent

Go-ahead for Phoenix Park historic building makeover

The city council has given the Office of Public Works permission for the extensive refurbishment of a historic building in Dublin’s Phoenix Park after scrapping plans to use the property for Airbnb-style letting.

Irish Times

Green light for Dublin docklands Wetherspoons

Pub group JD Wetherspoon has secured planning permission from the city council for an outlet in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock.

Irish Independent