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Ireland round-up: Final draft national planning framework published; Dublin council consults on 8,000-home scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 23 September-29 September, 2017

Final draft national planning framework published

The Irish Government has published the final draft of its national planning framework for public consultation, which aims to guide national, regional and local planning opportunities throughout the country.

The Planner

Dublin council consults on 8,000-home scheme

South Dublin County Council has begun consulting on the draft planning scheme designed to help deliver 8,000 new homes in the proposed Clonburris Strategic Development Zone.

The Planner

Over 1,200 apartments in South Dublin to be offered to rental market only

US real estate giant Hines has submitted plans for the first phase of over 8,000 homes at Ireland's newest town centre in Cherrywood, south County Dublin.

Irish Independent

Amazon’s €900m Dublin data centre to run on renewable energy

A planning inquiry has opened into plans by Amazon for the first phase of a €900 million data centre to be located in Mulhuddart, north County Dublin.

Irish Times

Developers could be paid upfront by the government in bid to kick-start building

The Irish Government is considering using taxpayers' money to buy property 'off the plans' from developers on a large scale, in order to convince them to build schemes with affordable units.

Irish Independent

UCD applies to fast-track provision of 3,000 student beds

An application for a €300 million on-campus accommodation complex for 3,000 more students at University College Dublin has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála for fast-track planning approval, the first scheme to move beyond the pre-application consultation stage.

Irish Times

Plans for 150 social homes in Dublin’s Ayrfield

Plans for 150 social homes at Ayrfield in Dublin, one of the largest standalone housing schemes proposed by a local authority in decades, will be considered by city councillors next month.

Irish Times

EirGrid scales down huge connection to Connacht

Electricity grid operator EirGrid has announced plans to replace the Grid West electricity transmission project with a smaller-scale development, involving a lower voltage 110kV line carried on poles rather than the 220kV or 400kV schemes previously proposed.

Irish Independent

Daily Dublin cyclists doubles to more than 95,000

The number of cyclists in Dublin has more than doubled in the past six years, with more than 95,000 people using their bikes in the capital every day.

Irish Times

Housing crisis stems from apartment shortage, economist claims

The state’s housing crisis stems from a shortage of flats, not houses, a senior economist has claimed.

Irish Times

Plans for a new affordable housing scheme 

Plans for a new affordable housing scheme, allowing lower-income households to buy homes at a discount, will be announced in the next two weeks, housing minister Eoghan Murphy has confirmed.

Irish Times

UCC plans €350m investment to increase campus space by 20%

University College Cork has unveiled proposals to expand its campus space by 20 per cent in the next five years as part of a €350 million investment programme.

Irish Times

Irish response to climate change ‘woefully inadequate’, say NGOs

Ireland’s response to climate change has been ‘woefully inadequate’, with the state ‘dramatically off track’ in meeting its emission reduction targets, Irish NGOs have warned.

Irish Times

Minister opposes eight-floor block next to 14-storey Sandyford tower

Tranport minister Shane Ross has objected to a plan by the Comer brothers to complete the development of the 14-storey Sentinel building and an adjoining apartment block in the Sandyford area of in south Dublin.

Irish Independent

Mace to open 50 new stores in €19m expansion

Convenience retail brand Mace plans to add 50 new stores to its nationwide network by 2020, with the chain targeting new urban and rural locations.

Irish Independent