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Ireland round-up: Fast-track planning for housing makes waves; Green light for Dublin shopping centre redevelopment

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 4 November-10 November, 2017

Fast-track planning for housing makes waves

Three housing and student accommodation schemes offering a combined total of just over 1,000 new homes and flats and more than 3,000 student bed spaces have made it to the application stage of the new fast-track planning regime in Ireland.

The Planner

Green light for Dublin shopping centre redevelopment

Planning permission for a €40 million redevelopment and extension of the Red Mall at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, the country's second-largest retail development, has been granted by Fingal County Council.

Irish Independent

Cork motorway hearing (pdf)

Objectors to the proposed route of the €180 million Cork-Ringaskiddy motorway claimed it would split communities, cause increased physical and mental health problems and significantly devalue their properties when a Bord Pleanála hearing opened this week.

An Bord Pleanála

Move to designate data centres as strategic infrastructure

The government has moved to streamline planning permission for data centres by designating them as ‘strategic infrastructure’ to help to avoid upsets like the delay and now doubt surrounding Apple’s €850 million project in Athenry, County Galway, said IDA boss Martin Shanahan.

Irish Independent

US firms say housing crisis is damaging country’s competitiveness

A representative body for US businesses, including some of the biggest employers in the country, has warned that the housing crisis is so severe it could damage Ireland’s competitiveness.

Irish Times

Dublin College green scheme delay

A decision on whether a new €10 million civic plaza can be established at Dublin’s College Green will not be made until next April at the earliest, several months after the city council originally planned to start work on the scheme.

Irish Times

Green light for new Athlone bridge

A new pedestrian and cycleway bridge across the Shannon in Athlone is set to be built now that An Bord Pleanála has approved Westmeath County Council’s project, which will form part of the planned Dublin-Galway greenway.

Irish Times

Lethal cost of air pollution

Poor air quality caused partly by the burning of coal, wood and peat is directly linked to about 1,500 premature deaths in Ireland each year as excessive pollution, warns a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Irish Times

NPF should recognise Cork as Ireland’s second-tier city-region

A joint submission by Cork City Council and Cork County Council on the draft national planning framework (NPF) calls for more ‘explicit recognition’ of Cork as Ireland's second-tier city region.

Cork City Council