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Ireland round-up: Draft planning guidance on upward development published; Fast-track housing stats

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 11 August-17 August, 2018

Draft planning guidance on upward development published

New statutory guidelines for planning authorities that encourage taller buildings, and more compact and integrated communities, in a bid to halt low-rise suburban development around Irish towns and cities has been published for consultation by the government.

The Planner

Fast-track housing stats

The new fast-track planning regime for major residential schemes has so far resulted in permission for 4,380 houses and flats, and 4,085 student bed spaces, with 23 applications decided (18 granted and 5 refused). These include the recent approval for Viscount Securities proposals for 355 houses and 572 apartments at Leopardstown on Dublin’s southside, all within the mandatory 16-week timeline.

An Bord Pleanála and Irish Independent

Fingal CC tests water over 1,000-home project at Donabate

Fingal County Council is gauging the interest of developers in building more than 1,000 new homes on a 30-hectare council-owned site at Ballymastone on the east side of Donabate village.

Irish Independent

Capital mulls rezoning industrial sites for homes

Dublin city’s industrial estates could be replaced by thousands of homes under large-scale mass rezoning plans from the city council to tackle the capital’s housing crisis.

Irish Times

OPW approves Garda command and control centre in Dublin

Controversial plans for a new €80 million Garda command and control centre on Military Road in Dublin have been approved by the Office of Public Works (OPW), more than two years after they were first proposed.

Irish Times

€1 billion investment fund targets rented housing

Real estate development company Round Hill Capital has opened a new office in Dublin, appointed John Vaudin as its managing director for Ireland, and revealed that it has over €1 billion in capital to deploy in the build-to-rent and purpose-built student accommodation sectors.

Irish Independent

Airbnb caps urged

Caps on Airbnb activity in Dublin and Galway are being urged as the company revealed some 640,000 guests were projected to travel in Ireland using its website this summer.

Irish Times and Irish Independent

Maxol opts for apartments over petrol at second site

Forecourt operator Maxol has opted to build housing instead of a petrol station at another of its key sites in Dublin.

Irish Independent

Dublin in line for 79 new hotels

Around 3,000 hotel bedrooms are in the planning pipeline for Dublin city centre and its immediate environs, according to a report from Construction Information Services, which highlights plans either submitted or approved for 35 hotels this year.

Irish Independent

Dublin hotel developments

Plans have been lodged for a €35 million development that includes a 117-bedroom hotel and the redevelopment of the Royal Irish Automobile Club's private members' club on Dublin's Dawson Street while plans to turn a terrace of Victorian buildings on Dublin’s South Great George’s Street, which have been mostly vacant for almost 30 years, into a 98-bedroom hotel have been approved by Dublin City Council.

Irish Independent and Irish Times

Wicklow container hotel proposal

Plans have been unveiled to construct a new hotel in Wicklow town made from shipping containers and consisting of 25 bedrooms.

Irish Independent

Wicklow mountain land acquisition plea

Mountaineering Ireland has urged culture minister Josepha Madigan to acquire the uplands surrounding Luggala estate in County Wicklow for the public’s recreational use.

Irish Times

South Dublin’s Marley Park dismay

Locals are unimpressed with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s blueprint for Marlay Park in south Dublin, which includes provision for pop concerts and plans for a new bridge across the lake, together with the removal of trees.

Irish Times

Capital cycling concerns

Dublin City Council is failing to meet public demand for road repairs, extension of cycle pathways and general improvement of cycling infrastructure, according to documents released under a Freedom of Information request.

Irish Times

Planning department advisors sought

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has announced plans to appoint three advisers: on planning policy and, separately, marine issues as well as a manager covering environmental assessment.

Irish Government

Friendly Cork

Cork has been voted the third friendliest city in the world by Condé Nast Traveller in its August 2018 poll.

Cork City Council

Government reviewing extension for western rail corrider

More than two years after it was promised, the government is reviewing a possible extension of the western rail corridor from Athenry, County Galway, to Claremorris, County Mayo.

Irish Times

Number of vehicles on Irish roads reaches record levels

The number of vehicles on Irish roads has reached its highest level to date, with a total of 2.68 million vehicles, including 2.1 million cars, using the state’s roads last year, according to the latest Transport Trends report.

Irish Times