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Ireland round-up: First ever Irish planning watchdog named; Reuse of existing buildings report published

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 15 December-21 December, 2018

First ever Irish planning watchdog named

Niall Cussen, current chief planner at Ireland's Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, has been named as the country's first ever planning regulator.

The Planner

RTPI seeks views on its future

The RTPI is calling on interested parties to help shape its future and the planning profession. Its corporate strategy will cover a 10-year period from 2020. 

The Planner

Young planners to shadow chief planners in new scheme

The RTPI is working with local planning authorities to offer young planners the opportunity of work experience with a chief planning officer.

The Planner

Reuse of existing buildings report published

The government has published both the report of the Working Group on the Reuse of Existing Buildings and a manual on the issues involved in revitalising streets in cities and towns by the reuse of unused or underused floorspace above ground-floor retail premises for residential use

Irish Government

Mayo councillor conduct censured

Two county councillors in Mayo have breached the code of conduct for councillors. An investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission probed their involvement in the rezoning of land for a nursing home.

Irish Times

Construction of homes in Dublin city halves

The number of homes under construction in the capital is down almost 50 per cent on last year, with a 20 per cent drop across the region, according to a new report from the government’s Dublin Housing Supply Task Force.

Irish Times

Social housing delivery doubts

Fewer than half of all new social homes promised for delivery this year have been completed, according to the latest official statistics.

Irish Independent

Thumbs down for Dublin hotel

Plans for a multi-million euro aparthotel beside the Ashling Hotel in Dublin have been refused by An Bord Pleanála, despite the watchdog's own inspector recommending approval.

Irish Independent

Airport clocks passenger record

Dublin Airport has reached a major milestone after it recorded 30 million passengers passing through its terminals this year – with the busy Christmas period still to come.

Irish Independent

Huge housing scheme proposed for Clongriffin

Gerald Gannon Properties has unveiled proposals for 1,537 new flats, most of which would be for rent, at Clongriffin in Dublin 13.

Irish Independent

Key appointment made for Land Development Agency

Former Department of Finance secretary general John Moran is to be appointed the interim chair of the government's Land Development Agency.

Irish Independent