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Ireland round-up: Dublin co-living development tower triggers concern; Fast-track Drogheda project back for consideration

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 17 October-23 October, 2020

Dublin co-living development tower triggers concern

A 506-bed co-living development with a tower of almost 50 metres tall – more than twice the Dublin City Council permitted height – has been proposed for a site beside the city’s Victorian fruit and vegetable market.

The Planner

Fast-track Drogheda project back for consideration

Revised fast-track proposals for 357 new homes at Drogheda are under consideration by An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Independent

Go-ahead for capital hotel and hostel

Dublin City Council has given its consent for contentious plans to turn James Joyce’s ‘House of the Dead’ on Dublin’s quays into a 50-bed tourist hostel. Meanwhile in a separate but related development, the council has approved a 95-bedroom hotel in the capital’s Liberties district.

Irish Times

Remote working project

Around 10,000 remote working spaces are being planned by Enterprise Ireland under a €12 million scheme to provide co-working and incubation spaces in regional locations over the next three years.

Irish Independent

Green light for County Wicklow nursing home and housing scheme

The county council has approved proposals for a 120-bed nursing home and a total of 173 homes at Blessington in County Wicklow, the subject of two applications from Glenveagh Homes Limited.

Irish Independent

Engineers urge more infrastructure spend to cut carbon emissions

The government should boost spending on the National Development Plan by €25 billion, according to Engineers Ireland, which wants to see more investment in green energy projects to cut carbon emissions.

Irish Times

Housing project lag

Just over a third of housing projects approved for funding by state-owned development lender Home Building Finance Ireland (HBFI) are actually under construction, it has emerged.

Irish Independent

New home for OPR

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has moved to new offices on the North Circular Road, part of the new campus of the Technological University of Dublin. The full address is: Office of the Planning Regulator, Fourth Floor (West Wing), Park House, Grangegorman, 191-193A North Circular Road, Dublin 7, D07 EWV4.

Office of the Planning Regulator

Cabinet backs affordable housing obligation for state land

The cabinet has approved new provisions to ensure that there is a statutory obligation to deliver affordable housing on state land. This will be contained in the legislation to establish the Land Development Agency.

Irish Government