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Ireland round-up: First Irish national water supply blueprint shapes up; Dublin housing estate deal reached

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 5 December-11 December, 2020

First Irish national water supply blueprint shapes up

Substantial population increases in many major Irish cities and towns and their surrounding suburbs over the coming decades will create huge demand for drinking water, according to Irish Water.

The Planner

Dublin housing estate deal reached

The Land Development Agency has reached an agreement with Dublin City Council that will allow it to advance the proposed development of more than 700 homes at St Teresa’s Gardens in Dolphin’s Barn, a decade after the council’s plans for the dilapidated 1950s flat complex hit a brick wall.

Irish Times

Substitute consent row

The Oireachtas housing committee has accused the government of rushing through “highly complex legislation”, including new arrangements for so-called “substitute consent” deemed illegal under environmental law by the European Commission.

Irish Times

Ballroom proposed for County Kildare golf resort

The new owner of the luxury five-star K Club golf resort in County Kildare has applied to the county council for planning permission to build a 1,486 square-metre ballroom at the estate, as well as the addition of new meeting rooms and the removal of a swimming pool.

Irish Times

Balbriggan concert hall approved

The Irish Institute of Music and Song in Balbriggan has been granted planning permission by Fingal County Council for a new 400-seater concert hall in the town as part of an ambitious €10 million investment on the campus, which is based at Bedford house, a historic Georgian-era property.

Irish Independent

Cork mulls eco-graveyard

Cork City Council is looking into the possibility of establishing  an eco-graveyard in the city. This move came as the council confirmed its plans to appoint a trees officer.

Irish Times

County Wicklow wind farm ruffles feathers

Opposition is mounting to proposals for a wind farm at Kilranelagh, County Wicklow, which conservationists claim will blight Kilranelagh Hill, a nationally and internationally important archaeological site.

Irish Independent