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Ireland round-up: Environmentalists cry ‘foul’ over new rules on Irish planning challenges; Irish Sea power link makes progress

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 9 November-15 November, 2019

Environmentalists cry ‘foul’ over new rules on Irish planning challenges

Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has cried foul over proposed planning legislation, claiming that it will make it far more difficult to challenge decisions in the courts and hold public authorities and the government to account.

The Planner

Irish Sea power link makes progress

The first planning applications for the marine components of a proposed 500-megawatt electricity interconnector between Ireland and Wales across the Irish Sea have been submitted by developer Greenlink Interconnector Limited. In Ireland this involved an application for a foreshore licence from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. There will be separate applications and consultation processes for the onshore works in County Wexford and Pembrokeshire, where the cables come ashore.

Greenlink Interconnector Ltd

New land agency faces EC scrutiny

The European Commission is set to examine the state’s flagship Land Development Agency, an Oireachtas Committee has heard, a move that could see the organisation’s powers curtailed on state-aid grounds.

Irish Times

Peat-burning plants to close

State-owned ESB has announced the closure of two peat-powered generating plants – in County Offaly and County Longford – after failing to secure permission to switch to burning biomass.

Irish Times

Green light for capital wastewater project

An Bord Pleanála has approved Irish Water’s €500 million waste water treatment plant at Clonshaugh – regarded as vital for residential and commercial development across north Dublin and south Fingal.

Irish Water

Sewage released into waterways

Raw sewage from 36 towns and villages is being released into rivers and onto beaches across the country every day because of poor or non-existent treatment facilities, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Irish Independent

Dublin housing completion dip

The latest Dublin Economic Monitor, compiled on behalf of the city’s four local authorities, shows that housing completions in the capital fell by nearly 14 per cent to 1,628 during the second quarter of this year, the first fall since 2015.

Irish Times

New housing fund promises 2,000 new homes

A new €50 million institutional fund backed by the state, AIB and Bank of Ireland is pledging to help to build 2,000 new homes nationwide by 2022, with a focus on mid-sized projects of up to 200 units in Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Galway, as well as other urban areas.

Irish Independent

Go-ahead for fast-tracked Galway homes

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for a fast-tracked development of 288 build-to-rent flats at JJ Rhatigan's Crown Square Development in Galway city.

Irish Independent

Clontarf residential scheme opposed by GAA club

One of Dublin's biggest GAA clubs has strenuously objected to an application to develop a major flats complex on lands adjacent to St Anne's Park in Clontarf.

Irish Independent

Marine strategy out for consultation

The government’s draft National Marine Planning Framework has been published and is now out for public consultation.

Irish Government

New house completions surge by 15 per cent

During the 12 months to the end of September this year, there were 23,554 new home completions, a 15 per cent increase on the previous year, according to the latest figures compiled and published by the Central Statistics Office.

Irish Government

Energy review announced

The government has approved a major review of the security and sustainability of Ireland’s energy supply as the state seeks to move towards a target of 70 per cent electricity from renewables by 2030.

Irish Times