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Ireland round-up: Fast-track pipeline boosted by nearly 3,000 new homes; Dún Laoghaire shared-living scheme

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 27 April-3 May, 2019

Fast-track pipeline boosted by nearly 3,000 new homes

The surge in proposals for fast-track residential schemes continued apace this week with the media reporting a total of nearly 3,000 new homes planned for projects in and around the capital as well as for sites in Cork and Galway.

The Planner

Dún Laoghaire shared-living scheme

Richard Barrett's Bartra Capital has made another move to bring the shared-living model to Dublin with an application to build 208 units in Dún Laoghaire, which would have en suites but share communal kitchens and living areas.

Irish Independent

Green-light for Ringsend wastewater upgrade

An Bord Pleanála has approved an upgrade of the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant adjoining Dublin Bay at a cost of more than €400 million. It aims to improve water quality in the Lower Liffey Estuary, a key priority for Irish Water.

Irish Times

Broadband project close to take-off?

The government is set to approve the national broadband plan despite advice from some senior officials who do not believe the €3 billion project represents value for money.

Irish Times

Capital social mix headache

Dublin City Council has opted not to acquire units for social housing at three new docklands developments because of the cost, opting instead to acquire cheaper units at alternative sites in the city, as its plans for social integration continue to be frustrated by premium docklands prices.

Irish Independent

Planning glitch for County Mayo tourism proposal

A Mayo tourism development that has received €300,000 in grants from local TD and minister for rural and community development Michael Ring has suffered a setback now that An Bord Pleanála has ruled the scheme, though not preparatory works, will require planning consent.

Irish Independent

Unchanged College Green plaza plan?

Proposals for a €10 million traffic-free plaza in Dublin’s College Green will not be altered when the council seeks permission for the project for a second time from An Bord Pleanála, it has emerged.

Irish Times

Rail tree and hedge crop triggers rage

Irish Rail faces criticism of ‘wanton hedgerow destruction at the height of the nesting season’ after cutting back trees and hedges on a stretch of the Dublin-to-Galway rail line.

Irish Times

Hammerson rethinks key Dublin development

UK property group Hammerson has decided to scrap existing planning permission for the €1.25 billion Dublin Central shopping complex and instead seek fresh permission for an ‘open’ retail, office, hotel and residential development on a site that stretches from O’Connell Street and Moore Street, to Henry Street and Parnell Street.

Irish Times