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Ireland round-up: Dublin City Council’s housing programme gathers momentum; Cork traders call delays in flood defence 'inexcusable'

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 9 April-15 April, 2016

Dublin City Council’s housing development programme gathers momentum

Plans for the development of the first phase of more than 1,300 homes to be built on 30 hectares of vacant Dublin City Council-owned land should be finalised within weeks.

The Planner

Number of chartered town planner applications increases

The number of planning professionals elected to chartered membership through the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) reached 430 in 2015, according to figures from the RTPI.

The Planner

Dublin council to complete demolition of flats complex

The demolition of O’Devaney Gardens, one of Dublin’s most troubled and dilapidated flat complexes, is finally to be completed by the city council almost eight years after it began.

Irish Times

Cork traders call delays in flood defence ‘inexcusable’

Flood-hit Cork traders and householders have warned the city cannot be left a hostage to fortune while they wait for the long-delayed €50 million flood defence scheme.

Irish Independent

Residents appeal against plans for 300 new homes in Pelletstown

A €65 million plan to build hundreds of homes along the Royal Canal in Dublin has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála by a group representing about 4,000 local residents.

Irish Times

Hodson Bay Group submits application for Dublin hotel

The Athlone-based Hodson Bay Group has formally submitted planning application for a €40 million 263-bed hotel in Dublin city centre.

Irish Times

Alan Kelly meeting with developer not unusual, says spokesman

Outgoing environment minister Alan Kelly has insisted that he does not regret meeting representatives of a company that was bidding for a state contract.

Irish Times

Businesses raise concerns over College Green Plaza plan

Business organisations have raised concerns about plans for the creation of a pedestrian and cycle plaza at Dublin’s College Green.

Irish Times

Plans for 420 solar farms rest on state backing

Developers are planning to build more than 420 solar farms nationwide capable of powering more than 2.1 million homes.

Irish Independent

Planning rules forcing Kerry people to live like ‘hobbits’

People in Kerry are being forced to live like “hobbits” and to build in “hollows” because the local authority has banned one-off houses on elevated sites.

Irish Times

Council establishes new Planning and Environmental Services Unit (pdf)

Limerick City and County Council have announced the establishment of a new planning and environmental services department as part of an ambitious change programme involving the city and county now they have merged.

Limerick City and County Council

Planning permissions almost doubled in fourth quarter of 2015

The number of planning permissions granted in the fourth quarter of last year was almost twice that of the same period in 2014, latest figures show.

Irish Times

Independent planning regulator must be appointed, says institute

Appointing an independent planning regulator, and a full minister for housing and planning, must be priorities of the next government, Irish Planning Institute president Deirdre Fallon told the organisation’s annual conference.

Irish Times

Reducing construction cost is key to solving housing crisis

At a forum hosted by the Construction Industry Federation a group of policy-makers has heard that the housing crisis will not be resolved until there is a reduction in the cost of government levies and taxation.

Irish Building Magazine