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Ireland round-up: Fingal village rezoning decision opens door to 2,200 new homes; Fast-track Athlone housing approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 12 June-18 June

Fingal village rezoning decision opens door to 2,200 new homes

Dublin city councillors have voted for a significant change in zoning in the city development plan that could see as many as 2,200 new homes being built in Finglas, north Dublin.

The Planner

Fast-track Athlone housing approved

An Bórd Pleanála has given the go-ahead to fast-track proposals for 576 new homes in Athlone, a joint venture between Westmeath County Council and private developers earmarked for a site one kilometre north-east of the town.

Irish Times

Naas housing permission extension bid

Property developer Ballymore has applied to Kildare County Council to extend the permission for a 385-home development at a site in Naas, County Kildare, by five years. The current consent runs out in 2022.

Irish Independent

Green light for Dublin north inner-city hotel

The city council has given the go-ahead for a 54-bedroom hotel near Capel Street in Dublin’s north inner city, partly because the site was considered unsuitable for housing.

Irish Times

Funding boost for tourism projects

Ireland’s first funicular cable railway (in Donegal) and a ‘state-of-the-art’ flight simulator are among the projects to benefit from a €73 million fund for four large-scale tourist attractions in Dublin and the west.

Irish Times

Pioneering inter-urban greenway between Cork and Limerick proposed

Work is under way on the development of Ireland's first dedicated inter-urban ‘greenway’, an 80-kilometre route for people to cycle between Cork and Limerick.

Irish Independent

Kildare quarry project appealed

Kilsaran Concrete’s proposal to extract three million tonnes of sand and gravel from a Kildare quarry, which have been opposed by the Aga Khan, leading members of the horse racing industry and the county council, have been approved on appeal by An Bord Pleanála against the advice of its inspector.

Irish Times

EY report critiques urban planning

Building housing “and then hoping public transport can be installed afterwards is inefficient and risky”, according to a soon-to-be published critique of urban planning in Ireland by consultancy EY Ireland. The Irish Times reports that it will highlight that only 14 per cent of homes being built in the capital are within walking distance of a train station or bus stop.

Irish Times

Latest stats indicate fewer applications and less consents

Latest planning statistics, just published by the Central Statistics Office, showed that during the first quarter of 2021 planning permission for new homes were just over 50 per cent down on the figure for the same quarter a year ago with consents for new flats showing a decline of 57 per cent. The figures showed a significant decline in fast-track scheme applications.

Central Statistics Office