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Ireland round-up: Dublin’s tallest tower sparks conservation row; Phibsborough shopping centre wrangle

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 6 April-12 April, 2019

Dublin’s tallest tower sparks conservation row

The go-ahead for the country’s tallest building in the heart of Dublin has been branded a ‘catastrophic error’ that could scupper the capital’s chance of World Heritage Site status for its historic core.

The Planner

Amazon turns to turbines

Technology giant Amazon has announced plans to invest in building a 91-megawatt wind farm in County Donegal, as part of a push to rely entirely on renewable energy.

Irish Independent

Phibsborough shopping centre wrangle

The €50 million redevelopment of the ‘asbestos-ridden’ Phibsborough shopping centre in Dublin may be shelved indefinitely due to a dispute between the developer and Tesco over the design of the project.

Irish Times

Regulator ponders performance regime

Local authorities can expect to be assessed on their planning performance every five to 10 years under a new regime to be instigated by Niall Cussen, the state’s first planning regulator.

Irish Times

Go-ahead for major new neighbourhood for the capital

Dublin City Council has welcomed the decision of An Bord Pleanála to confirm the Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone (SDZ), which provides for a new neighbourhood of up to 3,500 homes on a brownfield site close to the heart of the city alongside new public open spaces including a coastal park.

Dublin City Council

Mixed fortunes for County Cork housing projects

There have been mixed fortunes for two strategic housing developments in County Cork: An Bord Pleanála has approved Westbrook Housing Company’s proposals for 251 new homes at Grange but Ardstone Housing Ltd’s scheme involving 240 houses and flats at Bishopstown was refused because of traffic and design issues.

An Bord Pleanála

Cork transfer campaign

Cork City Council and Cork County Council have launched a public awareness campaign aimed at the 85,000 citizens living in the parts of the county that are due to transfer to the city next month and which involves areas such as Ballincollig, Blarney, Tower, Glanmire, Douglas, Donnybrook, Grange, Frankfield, Rochestown and Togher.

Cork City Council

Huge new Dublin student accommodation scheme mooted

Dublin City University is planning a significant new student accommodation building, with 1,240 bed spaces which it plans to progress under the fast-track planning regime for major residential projects.

Irish Independent