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Ireland round-up: Europe’s biggest zinc mine seeks extraction consent; EIB lends €85 million for key Limerick urban development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 11 November-17 November, 2017

Europe’s biggest zinc mine seeks extraction consent

The Swedish-owned company, which operates Europe’s biggest zinc mine in County Meath, has confirmed to The Planner that it has applied for planning permission to resume underground mining of the so-called Nevinstown ore body.

The Planner

EIB lends €85 million for key Limerick urban development

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has confirmed a record commitment for an urban Irish project, announcing that it will bankroll Limerick’s ambitious Opera Centre development to the tune of €85 million.

The Planner

RTPI accredits town-planning course in Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has been accredited by the RTPI for its town planning undergraduate programme.

The Planner

Huge social housing blip?

There has been 'consistent' underperformance by all local authorities in building social housing, according to new figures obtained by The Irish Times. It claims that less than 1 per cent of the social housing needed across the state has been built by local authorities or approved housing bodies since the start of last year.

Irish Times

Infrastructure maintenance warning by IMF

Ireland’s infrastructure is at risk of deteriorating because of a lack of funding set aside for continuing maintenance, the IMF has warned.

Irish Independent

Capital’s ‘under-occupied’ social housing

Almost 5,000 of Dublin City Council’s 24,000 social houses and flats are 'under-occupied', according to the council’s rent department.

Irish Times

Wrangle over affordable homes funding

The government is refusing to approve state-funding for one in six housing schemes because it is not clear how many of the homes built will be ‘affordable’, according to media reports.

Irish Independent

Hotel project for central Dublin

An investment group is seeking planning approval to demolish Twilfit House at the junction of Jervis and Upper Abbey streets in Dublin 1 and replace it with 218-bedroom eight-storey, over-basement hotel.

Irish Times

Overlooking fears for Temple Bar redevelopment

A Temple Bar resident has objected to the planned €75 million redevelopment of Dublin’s old Central Bank building over fears that tourists could take photos of his rooftop garden from a proposed rooftop-level restaurant and bar.

Irish Independent

Building materials giant unveils Dublin education project

Building materials giant CRH is planning to build a state-of-the-art 5,500-square metre education centre for the group at its headquarters in Dublin.

Irish Times

Ireland’s poor performance on climate change action

Ireland is ranked as the worst-performing country in Europe in taking action to address dangerous climate change, according to an authoritative index recently published.

Irish Independent

Septic tank rules hamper new home construction

Local councillors have claimed that tougher rules over the provision of septic tanks have brought one-off construction of new homes almost to a standstill in Leitrim, the least-populated county in Ireland.

Irish Times

Dublin shopping centre extension

The Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin is planning an extension that will include around 2,500 square metres of new restaurant and retail space.

Irish Independent

Sites for 1,300 new homes sold

Housebuilder Glenveagh Properties has completed the acquisition of 11 development sites that it says have the potential to support more than 1,300 units.

Irish Times