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Ireland round-up: Galway Harbour expansion plans, national planning policy statement published

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 10 January - 16 January, 2015

National planning policy statement published as Irish government spells out role of new regulator 

The Irish government has published a wide-ranging Planning Policy Statement and, separately, more detail about the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR), a key element of the administration’s proposed Planning Bill. 

The Planner 

Galway Harbour expansion plans under the spotlight

A hearing into the harbour company’s plans has been told the proposed expansion of Galway Harbour would take eight years to complete and cost €126 million. 

The Planner 

Student housing company to spend €250m in Dublin

A student accommodation firm whose first proposals in Dublin docklands were refused permission after being branded "intimidating and threatening” wants to build a large development in central Dublin and has earmarked a quarter of a billion Euros for Irish investments.


CBRE: Commercial property recovery to expand beyond Dublin in 2015

Real estate consultancy CBRE has published its latest assessment of the Irish property market which highlighted that rents and commercial property values will continue to rise in 2015, as the shortage of suitable office accommodation remains acute. CBRE says this will trigger considerable re-development and refurbishment activity.


New tourism plan to boost revenues by €5 billion per year

The government has approved a major new tourism plan which aims to increase revenues from tourism by €5 billion per year by 2025 and will involve greater involvement by local authorities in developing and backing local initiatives.