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Ireland round-up: Data centre proposed for County Meath; Limerick ‘Opera site’ masterplan in focus

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 23 November-29 November, 2019

Data centre proposed for County Meath

Irish data centre company EngineNode has unveiled proposals for a huge data storage campus near Bracetown, County Meath.

The Planner

RTPI: Planners ‘crucial’ to building council homes

Planners’ skills such as plan-making and facilitating public engagement have a key role to play as local authorities look to build more housing.

The Planner

News report: Is UK planning leaving children behind?

A newly published RTPI report finds that the UK’s planning systems make little accommodation for children and young people. Jack Osgerby and Simon Wicks report.

The Planner

Limerick ‘Opera site’ masterplan in focus

An Bord Pleanála has held an inquiry into Limerick City Council’s masterplan for the €180 million redevelopment of the city centre ‘Opera site’. It would see some buildings demolished and replaced with a huge office complex, an aparthotel, a new library and a renovated town hall, as well as flats, shops and restaurants.

Irish Independent

Approval for energy schemes in Galway and Kildare

An Bord Pleanála has approved two renewable energy projects: Energie Ltd’s 100-megawatt battery storage scheme at Athenry, County Galway, and a 25 megawatt solar farm at Celbridge in County Kildare, proposed by Elgin Energy Services.

Galway Bay FM and Elgin Energy Services

Rathmines co-living scheme proposed

A planning application for another large co-living development in Rathmines has been lodged with Dublin City Council. It would involve converting an office building into a shared residential development for 110 tenants.

Irish Independent

School charging points

School car parks are to start going green with grants to lay the groundwork for electric vehicle charging points.

Irish Independent

Air pollution shock on car-free day

Air pollution levels in parts of Dublin city centre doubled on a car-free day earlier this year, according to a city council debriefing that blamed the problem on bus pollution because of the large number of buses diverted from College Green.

Irish Times

Capital hotel demo move

An application has been made by a development company owned by businessman Larry Goodman for permission to demolish a Dublin city centre hotel. It is part of plans to redevelop a large part of a block between Trinity College and Leinster House.

Irish Independent

Concern mounts over fate of Dublin Georgian terrace

Conservationists are up in arms over a planning application to demolish a terrace of Georgian houses on the capital’s Kildare Street.

Irish Times

Call for taller Dublin docklands development

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce has warned the city council that plans to increase allowed building heights in Dublin’s docklands do not go far enough. It said the city council’s latest proposed new height limits “are largely superficial and lack ambition”.

Irish Times

Go-ahead for Dolphin’s Barn housing project

On appeal An Bord Pleanála has given the green light to development of more than 160 housing units on GAA club grounds in Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin, despite opposition from some residents and the city council.

Irish Independent