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Ireland round-up: Fast-track planning legislation makes progress; Modular house building cost rises to €175m in Dublin

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 12 November-18 November, 2016

Fast-track planning legislation makes progress

Legislation to provide for new fast-track planning procedures to boost housing supply began its passage through the Oireachtas this week.

The Planner

Modular house building cost rises to €175m in Dublin

Spending on social housing in Dublin is to rise by more than 90 per cent to almost €800 million over the next three years as the city council plans to more than double to 1,780 homes the number of social houses and flats it will provide.

Irish Times

Hotel planning bid lodged for Adelaide Road corner site

Developer Cheshway has applied to convert a former nursing home at a corner site at Harcourt Terrace and Adelaide Road, Dublin, into a 40-bedroom townhouse hotel.

Irish Times

Group calls for guidelines as solar power plant gets go-ahead

A community group in County Cork is calling on the government to develop national planning guidelines for large-scale solar developments after a company was granted permission for 5 megawatt solar power farm without prior consultation with local residents.

Irish Times

‘No Fry Zone’ will be implemented

A 'No Fry Zone' policy covering fast-food outlets near schools has been ratified by Wicklow County Council for its latest county development covering the period 2016 to 2022.

Irish Independent

Retail recovery starting to take hold outside Dublin

A new report on the retail sector has suggested that Ireland’s economic recovery has begun to spread beyond Dublin and its immediate commuter counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow.

Irish Independent

Coillte and ESB secure €64m for Co Cork wind farm State forestry company

Coillte and ESB have secured €64 million in funding for a 31 megawatt, 14-turbine wind farm project in the Ballyhoura Forest in County Cork.

Irish Times

An Post ordered to cease sorting at Co Cork premises 

An Post has been ordered by Cork County Council to cease mail sorting operations at a former retail outlet in the north of the county because it is in breach of change of use planning regulations.

Irish Times

Tourism strategy consultation launched

Galway County Council and Galway City Council have invited submissions for a new tourism strategy covering both Galway city and the county.

Galway City Council

Starbucks opened Swords outlet ‘without proper planning’

Coffee chain Starbucks opened premises in Swords, County Dublin, without proper planning permission, An Bord Pleanala has determined.

Irish Times

Wind farm cases to be fast-tracked by Commercial Court

Two separate legal challenges to wind farm developments are to be fast-tracked by the Commercial Court.

Irish Times