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Ireland round-up: Funding boost for housing infrastructure; Rates reform could aid regeneration

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 3 August-9 August, 2019

Funding boost for housing infrastructure

Irish housing minister Eoghan Murphy has announced €84 million in funding for infrastructure for 25 housing projects that should see nearly 1,800 homes built on council-owned land.

The Planner

Guidance issued for measuring land

Draft guidance for what would become global best practice for the consistent calculation of land measurement and associated metrics has been published for consultation.

The Planner

Rates reform could aid regeneration

Councillors can write off debts for business owners who have fallen behind on payments of commercial rates if their property is vacant, under new legislation passed by the Dáil. Ministers hope it will help local authorities target areas for redevelopment and regeneration by giving politicians powers to reduce commercial rents for businesses.

Irish Independent

Ronan fails height plan again

Developer Johnny Ronan’s bid to increase the height of Salesforce’s new European headquarters at Spencer Dock has been rejected for a second time by Dublin City Council, whose planners said that the extra two storeys would be 'unduly dominant and visually incongruous'.

Irish Times

Green light for 203-home fast-tracked scheme in South Kiltiernan

An Bord Pleanála has approved a fast-tracked scheme from Victoria Homes for a development of 30 homes and 173 flats at Glenamuck Road in South Kiltiernan, Dublin 18.

An Bord Pleanála

Dublin Bay redevelopment urged by top architect

Reclaiming Dublin Bay and building flats on Sandymount Strand and the Tolka estuary would help Ireland meet its climate targets, as well as providing much-needed housing for the city’s growing population, according to David Browne, president of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.

Irish Times

Delay in store for Cork motorway scheme?

A €100 million plan to tackle one of Ireland's worst traffic bottlenecks could be delayed by up to two years, it has emerged, following a Freedom of Information request over issues surrounding the Dunkettle Interchange, a key element of the Dublin to Cork motorway project.

Irish Independent

'Airbnb levy' on short-term let firms proposed

A levy should be considered on companies like Airbnb and Booking.com to fund regulation of the short-term letting sector, a report has suggested.

Irish Independent

Amazon goes for blow

E-commerce giant Amazon is to invest in Invis Energy’s 23-megawatt wind farm in Esk, County Cork after having already taken a stake in a wind project in County Donegal.

Irish Independent