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Ireland round-up: Galway urban regeneration project gains approval; Cork mother and baby home fast-track development blocked

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 22 May-28 May, 2021

Galway urban regeneration project gains approval

Edward Capital has been given the green light for an ambitious urban regeneration scheme in the heart of Galway city.

The Planner

Cork mother and baby home fast-track development blocked

Survivors of the Bessborough mother and baby home in Cork have broadly welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse fast-track permission for a 179-home development at the site because of concern that some of the land could have been used for the burial of hundreds of children who died at the home but whose bodies remain unaccounted for.

An Bord Pleanála

Phibsborough flats approved

An Bord Pleanála has approved a fast-tracked high-rise development of more than 200 build-to-rent flats and a new public plaza on the banks of the Royal Canal at Phibsborough despite objections from Dublin City Council.

Irish Independent

Major housing scheme lined up for Dundalk 

A consortium of local investors is looking to build 1,300 homes on their lands  close to the old McArdle Brewery at Fairhill  within two kilometres of  Dundalk town centre in Co Louth.

Irish Independent

Ronan 40-storey docklands tower toppled

An Bord Pleanala has refused Johnny Ronan planning permission for his proposed 40-plus storey tower scheme for Dublin's docklands after concluding it was precluded from approving the 1,005-flat Waterfront South Central scheme following a High Court ruling last November, which decided that the board could not allow a project that breached the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock planning scheme.

Irish Independent

Green light for Microsoft data centres at Clondalkin

US tech giant Microsoft has been given the go-ahead by South Dublin County Council to build two 28,000 square metre data centres and a 3,500 square metre office building at the council’s Grange Castle Business Park at Clondalkin.

Irish Independent

Major Donabate housing land deal

A total of 1,200 new homes, 40 per cent of which will be social or affordable, are a step closer to being built at Donabate, County Dublin following a decision by Fingal County Council to approve the disposal of 28 hectares of land at Ballymastone to developer Glenveagh Living Ltd who will deliver the project.

Irish Independent

Funding boost for vacant housing initiative

The Department for Housing and Local Government has announced funding for the refurbishment and re-letting of around  3,000 social homes this year under a scheme involving all 31 local authorities in bringing council-owned vacant housing stock back to productive use.

Irish Government

Dún Laoghaire re-pedestrianisation project

The main street of Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, is to be “re-pedestrianised” this summer, in moves which means it will  regain its car-free status after more than a decade. This will involve measures to facilitate outdoor dining, arts, and cultural events as well as a newly-created pedestrian plaza, Myrtle Square.

Irish Times

Car-free days planned for Dublin’s Capel Street

Plans to pedestrianise parts of Dublin’s Capel Street could go further after consultation found that the public was overwhelmingly in favour of such a policy. Dublin City Council will now trial car-free days over six weekends.

Irish Independent

Developer urges stricter planning laws to curb housing scheme challenges

Glenveagh Properties, one of the State’s biggest developers, has urged the government to tighten fast-track planning laws to make it more difficult for objectors to challenge new housing schemes in the High Court.

Irish Times