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Ireland round-up: Go-ahead for major Dublin mixed-use project; Cabinet prioritises key housing legislation

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 2 January-8 January, 2021

Go-ahead for major Dublin mixed-use project

Dublin City Council has given its approval for the €475 million redevelopment of the former Dublin Institute of Technology’s Kevin Street Campus in the capital with a significant mixed-use scheme.

The Planner

RTPI sees its numbers swell

The RTPI has announced that its membership has reached 26,000 – a record.

The Planner

Cabinet prioritises key housing legislation

The Irish cabinet has approved the priority drafting of the Affordable Housing Bill 2020 and the text of the Land Development Agency Bill 2020.These two measures are designed to accelerate the provision of housing for purchase or rent at an affordable price.

Irish Government

Capital co-living scheme backed

An Bord Pleanála has approved a seven-storey co-living complex with space for 378 beds and communal facilities on the site of the Old Glass Factory in the Liberties area of Dublin. The application by developer Alphabet ABC Properties to demolish the existing derelict buildings on the site to make way for the scheme was made in advance of the government’s decision last November to introduce a ban on new co-living developments.

Irish Independent

Greystones studio development OK’d

Wicklow County Council has given consent for a €150 million film studio and media facility on 18-hectares of IDA-owned land at Killincarrig, near the coastal town of Greystones.

Irish Independent

Green light for Saggart development

The owners of the capital’s Citywest Hotel have secured planning permission from An Bord Pleanála for a development of 224 flats at Garters Lane, Saggart, in west Dublin.

Irish Times

Trinity College Rubrics building revamp

Trinity College Dublin has secured planning permission for a €9 million revamp of the college’s protected Rubrics building, which featured in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People, with a mix of 22 studio flats and 36 student bedrooms.

Irish Times

Blues singer Mary Coughlan faces demo debacle

Blues singer Mary Coughlan is facing having to demolish a granny flat in the grounds of her rural home in County Wicklow after An Bord Pleanála refused to grant her retrospective planning permission for the unauthorised development.

Irish Independent

€90m boost for Dublin’s water supply

Housing and local government minister Darragh O’Brien TD has approved capital investment of almost €90 million for two Irish Water projects to improve the security of water supplies across the Dublin region and increase the capacity to cater for residential and commercial development.

Irish Government

Co-living scheme mooted for Dublin shopping centre

The owners of Dublin’s Phibsborough shopping centre are hoping to redevelop part of the 1960s complex – long regarded as an eyesore – as a 321-bedroom co-living scheme rather than the student accommodation for which they have planning permission.

Irish Times