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Ireland round-up: Go-ahead for key power line project; Dublin’s inner city could see €20m regeneration plan

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 31 December 2-16-6 January 2017

Go-ahead for key power line project in Ireland

Transmission company EirGrid has been given the green light for the Irish section of the North-South interconnector, the project designed to link the power grids on both sides of the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland.

The Planner

Four pupils announced as winners of RTPI sustainability competition

Solar lighting, flood defences, regenerating derelict spaces and buildings, community gardens and greater use of technology were among the ideas put forward by the winners of the inaugural RTPI World Town Planning Day 2016 Schools Competition.


Dublin’s inner city could see €20m regeneration plan

Ministers are considering a multimillion-euro plan to regenerate Dublin’s north-east inner city.

Irish Times 

Dublin student accomodation approved

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead to a controversial multimillion-euro student-accommodation scheme in Dublin city centre that is to be built by a company owned by former Ulster Bank chief financial officer Charles McManus.

Irish Independent

Government defends legislation on vacant site registers

Legislation which led a number of local authorities publishing blank lists of vacant sites liable to a special levy in their areas is not flawed, the Department of Local Government has insisted.

Irish Times

Dublin to get 800 high-tech solar litter bins in €5m ‘smart city’ plan

Dublin City Council is planning to install 800 solar-powered compactor litter bins in public areas while reducing the total number of bins by 20 per cent.

Irish Independent

Victory for Ross in bid to block houses

A development of 46 new homes that had been opposed by transport minister Shane Ross will not go ahead after a decision by An Bord Pleanála .

Irish Independent

Plans to demolish Apollo House and Hawkins House to transform area

Dublin City Council has granted permission for the demolition of Hawkins House and Apollo House and their redevelopment as an office complex at an estimated value of €50 million.

Irish Times

Councils rejected over 2,000 Nama homes for social housing

Local authorities have rejected more than 1,000 homes offered by Nama for social housing because of a lack of demand for housing in their areas.

Irish Times

Bord na Móna cleared to use Edenderry power plant until 2023

Bord na Móna has been given permission by An Bord Pleanála to continue operating a power plant in Edenderry, County Offaly, which burns peat and biomass, until 2023.

Irish Times

Council scraps Malahide amenity plan

Fingal County Council is not going ahead with plans to build a forest adventure centre at Malahide Demesne, in a wooded area close to the famous historic castle.

Dublin People