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Ireland round-up: Emergency bill published in Ireland to extend permissions; Development plan for Dublin’s Liberties announced

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 1 July-7 July, 2017

Emergency bill published in Ireland to extend permissions

Irish planning minister Eoghan Murphy has published emergency legislation that provides for second extensions of planning permissions in certain circumstances.

The Planner

Development plan for Dublin’s Liberties announced

Regeneration proposals worth €200 million for an old square in the Liberties in Dublin, involving a hotel, a micro-brewery, an indoor market, shops, offices and homes, have been unveiled.

Irish Times

Wind farm refused

Planning permission for a 25-turbine wind farm proposed by Element Power for a location near Kells in County Meath has been refused by An Bord Pleanála.

An Bord Pleanála

City council rejects Johnny Ronan’s Dublin skyscraper

Developer Johnny Ronan’s plans for Dublin’s tallest building, a 22-storey tower beside Tara Street station, have been rejected by Dublin City Council because of the potential detrimental effect on most of the historic core of the city.

Irish Times

Sharp drop in value of development land transactions

There has been a sharp drop in the value of development land transactions in the Republic during the first half of 2017, according to commercial property consultant CBRE Ireland.

Irish Times

Council takes action over 25 ‘Airbnb-style’ rentals

Dublin City Council is investigating 25 suspected cases of homes being illegally used as Airbnb or other holiday rental accommodation.

Irish Times

Germany’s ambassador says ‘nein’ to city hotel

The German ambassador to Ireland, Matthias Hopfner, is the latest objector to the scale of a 53-bedroom hotel planned for central Dublin on the site of the existing well-known Howl at the Moon nightclub at Lower Mount Street.

Irish Independent

Airport runway rules could cost 17,000 jobs, claims DAA

Planning restrictions imposed on the proposed new third runway at Dublin Airport would result in more than 17,000 fewer jobs being created in the economy, operator DAA has claimed.

Irish Independent

New 165-room aparthotel planned for site of Dublin nightclub

A new aparthotel planned for the site of Zanzibar and the Bondi Beach nightclub on Dublin's Ormond Quay will have 165 rooms in a development that will reach up to seven storeys.

Irish Independent

Dún Laoghaire’s large-scale cruise ships plan ‘back on the agenda’

Plans to accommodate large-scale cruise ships in Dún Laoghaire Harbour are back on the agenda after Bord Pleanála relisted the application this week.

Irish Times

Planning framework must not restrict Dublin – Keegan

Owen Keegan, the chief executive of Dublin City Council, has criticised the proposed new National Planning Framework as failing to recognise the importance of the capital.

Irish Times

Councillors fail in bid to ‘down-zone’ Clonkeen College land

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county councillors have been told they do not have the legal ability to rezone playing pitches used by Clonkeen College in a bid to block housing developments.

Irish Times

State’s broadband scheme to be delayed by at least a year

Communications minister Denis Naughten has signalled a further delay to the National Broadband Plan, first promised for 2012, by at least a year.

Irish Times

Planning guidance published

An Bord Pleanála has published guidance on the new fast-track planning regime for major housing schemes.

An Bord Pleanála

Census reveals Ireland’s oldest and youngest towns

Ireland is getting older, and Kerry and Mayo are the local authority areas with the oldest populations, according data released by the Central Statistics Office.

Irish Times

Developer Gannon gets go-ahead for €60m housing development

Developer Gerry Gannon has got the go-ahead for a €60 million 165-home development at Belcamp on the Malahide Road in north Dublin. The original proposal was for 263 new homes.

Irish Independent

Lidl gets go-ahead for Castleknock project despite local opposition

An Bord Pleanála has approved Lidl’s proposals for a €15 million mixed-use development in west Dublin despite opposition to the plans from local residents and politicians, including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Irish Times