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Ireland round-up: East Sligo renewal strategy unveiled; Councillors asked to approve plan for 1,600 Dublin homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 3 December-9 December, 2016

East Sligo renewal strategy unveiled

Irish housing and planning minister Simon Coveney has launched the masterplan for the Sligo East City, Cranmore and Environs Regeneration Project and committed another €20 million to the renewal scheme.

The Planner

RTPI welcomes publication of global ethics principles 

The International Ethics Standards coalition has published the first set of ethics principles for professionals working in land, property, construction, infrastructure and related professions around the world.


Councillors asked to approve plan for 1,600 Dublin homes

Proposals to build more than 1,600 homes on three Dublin City Council sites are being considered by councillors.

Irish Times

Donald Trump firm abandons plan for €10m Doonbeg sea wall

US president-elect Donald Trump’s controversial plan to build a 2.8 kilometre rock barrier, costing €10 million, at his County Clare golf resort has been abandoned.

Irish Times

Plan for Galway includes distinctive ‘city quarter’

Proposals for a new city quarter on the eastern rim of Galway city centre are under consideration.

Irish Times

Bill for state housing project will intensify crisis, says TD

The administration’s legislation allowing for fast-track planning of major housing schemes has been criticised during debate in the Oireachtas.

Irish Times

Irish Glass Bottle site should be transferred to Dublin City Council 

The Nama-controlled Irish Glass Bottle site in Ringsend should be transferred to Dublin City Council to secure more social housing at the site, according to local residents.

Irish Times

Planning appeal over new Wetherspoons in Dublin

A local resident has lodged an appeal against planning permission for a new Wetherspoons superpub on Camden Street in Dublin’s city centre.

Irish Times

Ban on fracking expected to be extended after reports revealed major environmental risks

The Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that a ban on fracking should remain in place after a series of reports found that there were major risks to the environment including water contamination and the threat of gas escapes.

Irish Independent

Locals block workers from starting social housing build

Building work on a €12 million social housing project in Cherry Orchard in Ballyfermot has been interrupted after residents blocked access to the site because of fears that the development will obliterate a popular memorial garden.

Irish Times

Irish Planning Institute expresses concern about housing bill

The Irish Planning Institute used its AGM this week (8 December) to reiterate its concerns about the government’s latest planning legislation, in particular the proposal to fast-track major housing schemes to An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Planning Institute

Coveney approves €17.9 million for O’Devaney Gardens

Housing minister Simon Coveney has announced approval in principle for the first phase of the mixed-tenure regeneration scheme for O’Devaney Gardens in central Dublin, which is set to provide some 600 new homes.

Department for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government