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Ireland round-up: Dublin’s councils publish coordinated carbon-cutting strategies; M1 corridor campaign

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 9 February-15 February, 2019

Dublin’s councils publish coordinated carbon-cutting strategies

Local authorities across the capital have jointly unveiled ambitious climate action plans. They aim to cut carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2040 and achieve a 33 per cent improvement in energy efficiency of their buildings by 2020.

The Planner

M1 corridor campaign

A cross-border business-led initiative aimed at attracting multinational companies into the northeast region along the so-called M1 Corridor between north of Dublin to beyond Newry has been launched which has a focus on developing Drogheda, Dundalk and Newry as regional growth centres.

Irish Independent

Chip-maker eyes up major growth in Wexford

Micro-chip producer Intel has applied for a 110,000 square metre development which it plans to tack on to a proposed 90,000 square metre facility, approved in late 2017 at its base at Leixlip, County Wexford.

Irish Times

Key capital vacant site confirmed for homes push

The US-headquartered real estate giant Hines and its Dutch partner, APG Asset Management, have confirmed they will press ahead with plans for the development of hundreds of homes on the site of the former John Player factory and Bailey Gibson industrial premises on Dublin's South Circular Road.

Irish Independent

Fair wind for turbine venture

A joint venture between state forestry agency Coillte and power company ESB to develop 1,000-megawatts of wind farm capacity is now on the cards.

Irish Independent

Dublin Metrolink rail rumbles

The northside route of the State’s Metrolink rail line, designed to connect Dublin airport and Swords to the city centre, must not be held up by 'issues' with the southside section, the chief executive of Fingal County Council has insisted.

Irish Times

County Longford wind farm proposal lodged

Peat agency Bord na Mona has formally lodged plans for al €100 million 96-megawatt wind farm in County Longford.

Irish Independent

Huge County Wexford housing scheme hoves into view

Developer Gerry Gannon is eyeing a large development outside his traditional Dublin heartland, with a major scheme of 364 flats and houses at Gorey, Co Wexford.

Irish Independent

Better broadband investment plans

Telecoms company Eir plans to invest €500 million in a new fibre broadband network that will supply 1.4 million premises across the State, including every town with more than 1,000 homes.

Irish Times

Figures suggest social housing numbers are on target

The number of new social homes built last year was roughly on target, with over 4,000 provided by councils, approved housing bodies and private contributions, according to the latest figures published by housing minister Eoghan Murphy.

Irish Times

Balbriggan revamp backed

Balbriggan’s main street and harbour area are set to be transformed under proposals backed by residents of the Co Dublin town who also voiced support for a new swimming pool.

Irish Independent

Green light for Tayto Park rollercoaster

Tayto Park, Ireland’s largest theme park, has secured planning permission for a €14 million steel red rollercoaster ride.

Irish Times

Dublin pedestrian plaza project

A new pedestrian plaza for the capital is to be created on the north side of the city, beside the Ha’penny Bridge on Liffey Street.

Irish Times

Row over temporary homes for north Dublin fruit pickers

Horticultural company Keelings is embroiled in a planning row over its proposal to build temporary accommodation for hundreds of fruit pickers in north county Dublin.

Irish Independent

Bird issue poses problem for Dublin mountains tourist scheme

A small bird of prey has put the brakes on a controversial €15 million tourism development at Dublin's Hellfire Club proposed by South Dublin County Council for the historic site in the Dublin mountains above Rathfarnham.  

Irish Independent

Green light for student scheme in Grangegorman

Plans for a seven-storey apartment complex for almost 300 students beside the new DIT campus at Grangegorman, Dublin, have been approved by An Bord Pleanála under the fast-track planning regime for large housing developments.

Irish Times

Thumbs up for Longford plaza-scheme

Supermac's chief Pat McDonagh has got the green light from Longford County Council for an Obama Plaza-style development in Longford on the Ballinalee road, off the N4.

Irish Independent