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Ireland round-up: Go-ahead for Waterford city centre project;Green light for major housing scheme in Dublin 12

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 11 July-17 July, 2020

Go-ahead for Waterford city centre project

Waterford City and County Council has approved a €500 million mixed-use scheme for the city’s eight-hectare North Quays strategic development zone.

The Planner

Green light for major housing scheme in Dublin 12

Dublin City Council has given the green light to proposals for more than 1,100 new homes, mainly build-to-rent flats, as part of a development which also includes a 203-unit build-to-rent shared accommodation scheme as well as an 18-storey block providing office floorspace on the Old Naas Rd, Dublin 12. Nine new buildings are involved. 

Irish Independent

Boost for social and affordable homes in the capital

A government-backed project to build almost 600 social and affordable homes in Shankill, County Dublin, has been approved by An Bord Pleanála which has backed plans from  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the state-sponsored Land development Agency for the development of 597 new homes at Shanganagh. The scheme is currently the Republic’s largest social and affordable project to receive planning permission.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

245 new homes approved for Adamstown SDZ

South Dublin County Council has approved UK developer Quintain’s plans for 245 new homes at Lucan in the Adamstown strategic development zone.


Rosslare Europort masterplan

The first step in a €30 million transformation of Rosslare Europort was taken this week when the port authority Iarnród Eireann submitted a masterplan application to Wexford County Council for the reconfiguration of the port lay-out and new infrastructure.

Irish Independent

Banker’s Greystones home refused

Wicklow County Council has shot down plans by former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick for a new home near Greystones because of its impact on neighbouring properties.

Irish Independent

Dublin swimming pool proposals

Dublin City councillors have discussed plans for a heated swimming pool and sauna at the Liffey near George’s Dock, where the council also plans a €22 million white-water rafting centre. 

Irish Times

Cairn Homes loses Galway vacant land levy case

One of the country's largest residential property developers, Cairn Homes, is facing a large tax bill after losing its appeal to An Bord Pleanála against having lands it owns on the outskirts of Galway declared a vacant site.

Irish Independent

Howth rezoning lobby

Irish investment group Tetrarch has begun lobbying Fingal County Council to rezone land by Howth Castle for a housing development, claiming the site is currently “significantly underutilised”.

Irish Times

Dublin whiskey store blocked

The company behind Dublin "super-pub" Temple Bar has been refused planning permission by the city council for a new store, which was to house the country's largest whiskey collection.

Irish Independent

Bracetown data centre approved

Irish data company EngineNode has obtained permission from Meath County Council for a data centre near Bracetown, County Meath, consisting of four two-storey data storage buildings with a combined gross floor area of over 92,100 square metres.

Irish Independent

County Meath solar farm proposal

Statkraft Ireland, a renewable energy developer and subsidiary of Norwegian state-owned company Statkraft, has revealed proposals for a €25 million solar farm in County Meath with a total site area of around 49.5 hectares.

Irish Independent

More time allowed for County Wexford road consultation

Wexford County Council has extended the consultation period over proposed routes for the new N11 / N25 Oylegate to Rosslare highway scheme until 3 August because of high levels of public interest.

Irish Independent

UCD campus scheme appealed

Proposals by University College Dublin (UCD) for a major expansion of its Belfield campus, including a €48 million landmark building are on hold on hold following the decision by a resident to appeal the decision of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to approve enabling works for the first phase of UCD's "Future Campus" project.

Irish Independent