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Ireland round-up: Galway public realm strategy initiative; Lift-off for major Waterford docklands development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 2 June-8 June 2018

Galway public realm strategy initiative
Galway City Council has confirmed to The Planner that it wishes to appoint an urban planning or urban design/architecture-led multidisciplinary team to prepare a public realm strategy.

The Planner 

Lift-off for major Waterford docklands development
Eleventh-hour talks this week saw An Bord Pleanála’s oral hearing into the designation of Waterford’s special development zone called off as objections to the move were withdrawn. This paves the way for the long-awaited €300 million redevelopment of the city’s North Quays. 
Irish Independent

Green light for Dublin’s Central Plaza plans
Real estate companies Hines and the Peterson Group have received planning permission from An Bord Pleanála to redevelop the old Central Bank on Dublin’s Dane Street, which is at the heart of the mixed-use Central Plaza project in the city centre.
Irish Independent

Meath studio project appealed
A local objector has appealed to An Bord Pleanála over Meath County Council’s approval for a film and television studio complex at Ashbourne, County Meath. 
Irish Independent

Rural recreation funding
A €12 million scheme to fund recreational facilities in rural areas for the benefit of local communities and tourism is set to be announced by rural development minister Michael Ring.  
Irish Times

South Dublin flats blocked

An application to develop a six-storey block of flats in south Dublin has been refused planning permission by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as an overdevelopment of the site.
Irish Times

Knock airport funding poser
The operator of Ireland West Airport is waiting to learn if the European Union will sanction further state aid funding for a crucial runway repair scheme at the County Mayo facility at Knock.
Irish Independent

Dart development puts kibosh on Dublin office scheme
Construction of a seven-storey office block in Dublin city centre has been refused permission amid fears it would ‘significantly compromise’ the potential development of the Dart Underground project.
Irish Times

Overhaul of Galway and Cork local government
The government has given formal approval to a substantial boundary increase for Cork City Council and to merge Galway County Council and Galway City Council within three years.
Irish Times

Dublin water treatment plant proposal
Irish Water has submitted planning permission to An Bord Pleanála for an €80 million upgrade of the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant as part of an ongoing €400 million investment in the south Dublin plant.

Irish Times

Donegal greyhound stadium comes to market
A greyhound stadium at Lifford in County Donegal has been placed on the market as a development opportunity with part of the nearly 7-hectare site already earmarked for a private casino and the possibility of housing on farmland to the rear of the stadium.
Insider Media

Ulster Canal makes waves
Ministers have approved the development of a 13-kilometre section of the Ulster Canal from Upper Lough Erne to Clones as a leisure amenity.
Irish Government