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Ireland round-up: Funding announced for urban makeovers, planning row escalating in Annagassan

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 25 July - 31 July, 2015

Funding announced for urban makeovers

Local authorities and community groups in Ireland have been given an €80m fund to help rejuvenate urban areas.  

The Planner

Ministers Kelly and Coffey welcome the publication of the National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014 and Outlook for 2015-17

The Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency’s national statement on housing supply and demand for 2014 and outlook for 2015-17 highlights that the total area of available zoned land nationally is capable of supporting over 414,000 housing units.

Environment, Community and Local Government 

Apartments to be downsized to speed up home building

Minimum apartment sizes in Dublin city are set to be reduced to lower building costs and speed up delivery of new homes.


Planning row escalating in Annagassan

Gardai in Ardee have confirmed that they are investigating an incident in Annagassan, believed to be part of a lengthy planning dispute in the area.


Fury at 'leak' to developer Sinn Fein's councillor

Toireasa Ferris is demanding an explanation from senior management of Kerry County Council over the circumstances which led to remarks she made at a private planning meeting becoming known to a property developer.


Back building: O'Reilly and O'Flynn plan Dublin houses

A firm linked to Joe O'Reilly, one of Nama's biggest clients, has teamed up with Oaktree Capital Management with plans for a 166-home development in north Dublin.


Push spend on infrastructure up €12.5bn, Ibec tells Noonan

An extra €12.5bn needs to be spent on public investment (including key infrastructure) above and beyond current Government plans between now and 2020, business body Ibec has warned.


Controversial plan extended

The life of a controversial Local Area Plan (LAP) for the Fosterstown area of Swords has been extended until the end of 2017 when it will be reviewed again in the context of the new Fingal County Development Plan.


KKR: Global private equity firm to lend half a billion euro to Irish builders

One of the world's biggest private equity firms is to lend half a billion Euros to builders in the Republic in partnership with the government.