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Ireland round-up: Fast-track planning regime extension goes to cabinet; Councils go for green

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 26 October-1 November, 2019

Fast-track planning regime extension goes to cabinet

The government initiative that allows planning applications for large residential projects to be fast-tracked by An Bord Pleanála looks set to be extended for another two years.

The Planner 

Councils go for green

All 34 local authorities in Ireland have committing to decarbonising their activities, pursuing sustainable development and “building climate resilience into every aspect of the work they do”. 

Irish Times

Major Limerick road project progress

Limerick City and County Council has welcomed government support for the submission of its 34-kilometre €450 million Limerick Road project to An Bord Pleanála. The scheme proposes to connect the Core Port of Foynes to the national motorway network on the outskirts of Limerick city and includes a bypass of Adare.

Limerick City and county Council 

Bus lane bonus for electric and hybrid vehicles?

The government is to examine plans to allow electric cars and hybrid vehicles to use bus lanes, environment minister Richard Bruton has confirmed. 

Irish Independent

Warning over rural development funding

Groups awarded funding for rural community initiatives have been told they must ‘use it or lose it’ by rural and community development minister Michael Ring, who has warned that money allocated to underperforming areas will be redistributed.

Irish Independent

Phoenix Park U-turn over holiday scheme

The Office of Public Works has scrapped plans to convert a building in Dublin’s Phoenix Park into holiday accommodation following local objections.

Irish Times

Green light for Temple Bar hotel

A new boutique hotel in the capital’s Temple Bar district has been given the green light by the city council despite strong opposition from residents’ groups and An Taisce. 

Irish Independent