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Ireland round-up: Green energy giant and data centre firm plan joint infrastructure; Fallen standing stone probe

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 14 November-20 November, 2020

Green energy giant and data centre firm plan joint infrastructure

Green energy developer SSE Renewables and Irish-owned data centre owner and operator, Echelon Data Centres, have announced an agreement to develop key infrastructure that will facilitate Ireland’s first large-scale offshore wind farm and, separately, a major new data centre.

The Planner

Fallen standing stone probe

The National Monuments Service has confirmed it has begun an investigation into a west Cork farmer who reinstated a fallen Bronze Age standing stone on his land with the help of two druids after it was knocked over by a bull.

Irish Times

Capital housing crunch

Plans to build more than 850 homes on one of the largest sites owned by Dublin City Council have collapsed following the refusal of councillors to approve a deal with developer Glenveagh Homes.

Irish Times

Council social housing cheaper than relying on developers

Some local councils are paying private developers up to €400,000 for social housing units when the councils themselves can build them directly at half the price, Department of Housing figures suggest.

Irish Times

Naas shipping centre revamp on the cards

A €10 million plan to revamp the Naas Shopping Centre in the County Kildare town has been unveiled.   

Irish Times

Built environment funding announced

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has launched the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2021, which will mean €6 million funding for conservation projects around the country.

Irish Government

Trinity College unveils first phase of docklands ‘innovation district’

Trinity College Dublin has submitted a planning application for the first phase of a new €1.1 billion ‘innovation district’ set to be located in the capital’s Grand Canal Dock district.

Irish Independent