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Ireland round-up: Dublin Port launches development proposals; Capital pollution concerns

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 6 July-12 July, 2019

Dublin Port launches development proposals

Dublin Port Company has lodged a planning application with An Bord Pleanála for the second phase of its multimillion-euro capital development programme, which is set out in its latest masterplan.

The Planner

Huge Dublin housing project lodged

The first application, involving up to 1,230 new homes, for the long-awaited redevelopment of the former Irish Glass Bottle site in Ringsend, designated for development as a new urban quarter under the approved Poolbeg West planning scheme, has been lodged with Dublin City Council.

Irish Times

Capital pollution concerns

Ministers have expressed concern about the findings of a report from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) which suggest that areas around certain heavily trafficked roads in Dublin city may have higher levels of air pollution than previously indicated and may breach EU statutory limits for exposure to nitrogen dioxide.

Irish Government

Call for better ‘mega’ project oversight

The chairman of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee has called for the introduction of a new oversight body to fight overspending on ‘megaprojects’ like the children’s hospital and rural broadband which form a key part of the government’s €116 billion National Development Plan.

Irish Times

Tree-planting rate rubbished

About 4,000 hectares of trees were planted last year. This is significantly below the target of at least 15,000 hectares needed annually to maintain equilibrium between harvest and planting, environmental groups highlighted this week.

Irish Times

South Dublin flats blocked for being monolithic

Proposals to build an eight-storey block of flats on a former Gowan Motors dealership site on Merrion Road in south Dublin have been refused by the city council for being too monolithic.

Irish Independent

Offshore wind farm moves

Energy group SSE has applied for foreshore licences to allow it to carry out feasibility studies for two offshore wind farms in the Irish Sea off Bannow Bay and off Baymore Point in County Dublin.

The Irish Independent

Cork scheme includes country’s tallest tower

The redevelopment of the Custom House Quay site in Cork is expected to create more than 800 new jobs, while a new 34-storey hotel tower is set to become the Republic’s tallest building, developer Tower Holdings Group revealed this week.

Irish Times

Dalkey development row deepens

The row over a planned luxury development at the south Dublin fishing harbour at Dalkey has intensified with calls for the state to intervene and the threat of legal action.

Irish Times