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Ireland round-up: Dublin office tower troubles city council; Go-ahead for fast-track schemes in Galway and Dundalk

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 25 April-1 May, 2020

Dublin office tower troubles city council

The city council has rejected developer Johnny Ronan’s latest bid to increase the height of a major development in the capital’s docklands.

The Planner

Co-housing scheme wins RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup

A co-housing scheme in Cambridge has been awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup at the 2020 RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence, held on YouTube.

The Planner

Go-ahead for fast-track schemes in Galway and Dundalk

An Bord Pleanála has approved fast-track proposals from developers Trean Meadow for a 101-unit development with a playground and two-storey crèche in the Galway suburb of Ballybrit as well as developer Sprucetree Park’s scheme to build a 114-unit flatted complex on a brownfield site in Dundalk. 

Irish Independent

Go-ahead for bigger Dublin hotel

The Mercantile Group has secured planning permission from An Bord Pleanála for a €10 million revamp of Dublin’s Mercantile Hotel. It will see the number of bedrooms increased from 28 to 109.

Irish Independent

Green light for capital office scheme

Listed landlord and developer Hibernia Reit has obtained consent to expand its development at Harcourt Square, currently let to the Office of Public Works and providing headquarters for the Gardai, with 31,866 square metres of grade A office accommodation. 

Irish Independent

Fingal council unveils traffic-calming measures

Fingal County Council has proposed putting traffic calming measures such as speed ramps, road signs and markings on 12 roads across north and west County Dublin.

Irish Times

County Limerick mine moves

Arkle Resources, an Irish gold and zinc exploration and development company, has announced that drilling will recommence at its Stonepark Zinc Project in County Limerick later this summer, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Insider Media

Dublin demolition to make way for new homes 

Dublin City Council has gained approval from the government for the regeneration of the St Mary’s Place and Dorset Street flats complex. This will see the existing buildings demolished and replaced with 158 new homes.

Dublin City Council

Warehouse shortage feared

Property consultancy Savills has predicted a shortfall of a third of new warehouse space needed between now and the end of 2021.

Irish Times