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03/07/2020

Ireland round-up: Film studio complex in picture for County Wicklow; Coalition names ministers responsible for planning 

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 27 June-3 July, 2020

Film studio complex in picture for County Wicklow

Plans for a €150 million film, studio and media campus at Greystones, County Wicklow, were submitted this week to the county council.

The Planner

Planner Live Online: Health considerations must drive post-Covid planning, say experts

A comprehensive rethink of the principles that drive planning will be necessary if we are to create healthier neighbourhoods, towns and cities in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Planner

Planner Live Online: Local control over transport spending will accelerate a green recovery

Local authorities should not have to be competing for small pots of ring-fenced money within a fragmented transport funding landscape.

The Planner

Coalition names ministers responsible for planning 

Darragh O’Brien, Fianna Fáil’s spokesman on housing, planning and local government in the last Dáil, has replaced Eoghan Murphy as cabinet minister responsible for the renamed Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in the new coalition government. O'Brien was a Fingal county councillor who, before becoming a full-time national politician, worked in the financial services sector. Fine Gael’s Peter Burke, who represents Longford-Westmeath, has been appointed minister of state for local government and planning in the department.

Irish Times and Irish Government

Opposition grows over DIT campus redevelopment in capital

Opposition is growing over redevelopment proposals for the former campus of the Dublin Institute of Technology in Kevin Street. Residents, An Taisce (Ireland’s National Trust) and a senator have all voiced objections that the huge mixed-use scheme is a significant overdevelopment of the Dublin 2 site. 

Irish Independent

Green light for Hellfire Club forest project

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead to a treetop sky-bridge, visitor centre and café as part of contentious plans to develop Dublin’s historic Hellfire Club forest lands into a major tourist attraction.

Irish Independent

Cliffs of Moher developments

Clare County Council is set to spend an estimated €16.5 million, including €2 million on a tunnel for pedestrians, at the country’s most popular natural tourist attraction at the Cliffs of Moher. 

Irish Independent

North Cork crematorium dead and buried

An Bord Pleanála has backed Cork County Council’s refusal of planning permission for a crematorium in North Cork earmarked for the former Duhallow Park Hotel at Drumcommer Beg, Kanturk.

Irish Independent

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