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Ireland round-up: Fast-track co-living scheme makes the grade in Dublin 8; Go-ahead for Cherrywood development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 17 April-23 April, 2021

Fast-track co-living scheme makes the grade in Dublin 8

Fast-track proposals for a part 19-storey flats complex and co-living scheme at the site of the former Player Wills factory in Dublin 8 have been given the green light by An Bord Pleanála.

The Planner

Go-ahead for Cherrywood development

Developer Johnny Ronan has secured planning permission from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for a mixed-use development in Cherrywood, south Dublin, involving 198 build-to-rent flats as well as 12,151 square metres of office space and 1,431 square metres of café and restaurant uses.

Irish Times

County Wicklow offshore wind farm makes waves

Renewable energy company Ocean Winds has begun making its formal application for a 1,600-megawatt offshore wind farm, which would be located 13 kilometres out to sea from County Wicklow’s Bray Head.

Irish Independent

Dublin city centre hotel granted

Hoteliers Ray Byrne and Eoin Doyle’s proposals for a new 55-bed hotel in Dublin city centre involving the change of use of an office block off Dame Street, previously owned by Eir, have been approved by the city council.

Irish Times

County Louth population shift

Proposals to increase the population of Ardee and Dunleer over the next six years as part of the draft County Louth development plan should be channelled instead  to Dundalk and Drogheda, recommends the Office of the Planning Regulator.

Irish Independent

Fingal development plan under review

Fingal County Council has begun the review of its development plan and is consulting on a strategic issues paper.

Irish Independent

Traffic calming moves for capital’s Merrion Row

Proposals to reduce traffic on Dublin’s Merrion Row to one lane to facilitate summer outdoor dining when Covid-19 restrictions ease is out for public consultation.

Irish Times

Jobs boost for Galway

Biomaterials contract manufacturer Aran Biomedical Teoranta is set to create 150 jobs in Galway over the next three years as well as building a new 6,503-square-metre factory in Spiddal.

Insider Media

Fassbender acting school mooted for Killarney protected property

Kerry County Council has received an application for “an acting school” at the historic Fassbender family-owned West End House, a protected property in Killarney town centre.


Tullamore distillery development

Whiskey company Tullamore Dew has revealed proposals for a new visitor centre at its distillery at Tullamore, County Offaly.

Irish Independent

Hostel scheme approved for Dublin building with Joyce links

A controversial plan to convert the location of the setting of James Joyce’s famous short story The Dead on Dublin’s quays into a 54-bed hostel has been allowed by An Bord Pleanála in the face of objections from more than 100 leading figures from the worlds of literature, film and academia as well as An Taisce. They all criticised Dublin City Council’s original decision to refurbish 15 Usher’s Island – which is a protected structure – and convert the four-storey building from its former use as a visitor centre into a tourist hostel with a café at basement level.

Irish Times

Successful appeal over Dublin vacant site levy of €70,000

Businessman Harry Crosbie has successfully challenged a demand from the city council to pay a vacant site levy of €70,000 in relation to a warehouse he owns at the rear of his Vicar Street music venue in Dublin.

Irish Times

LDA submits fast-track application for 221 homes at former Naas barracks

The Land Development Agency (LDA) has submitted a fast-track planning application to An Bord Pleanála for 221 social and affordable homes at the 4.1-hectare site of the former Devoy Barracks in Naas, County Kildare.

Irish Times

Appeal hearing told that Cork Mother and Baby Homes ‘should be preserved’

Mother and Baby Homes, such as Bessborough in Cork, should be preserved as memorials to what happened to women in Ireland in the same way that former concentration camps in Poland are preserved to commemorate those who died in such places, a former resident  has told the An Bord Pleanála oral hearing into  developer MWB Two Ltd’s proposals to build 179 flats in the grounds of Bessborough mother and baby home in Blackrock.

Irish Times