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Ireland round-up: Green light for Cork office tower dismays conservationists; ‘Climate smart’ planning urged by business

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 25 May-31 May, 2019

Green light for Cork office tower dismays conservationists

An Bórd Pleanála has dismissed an appeal by An Taisce, Ireland’s National Trust, against proposals for a 15-storey office tower called The Prism in the centre of Cork. It was originally approved by city councillors against the advice of senior planners.

The Planner

‘Climate smart’ planning urged by business

Ireland urgently needs ‘climate smart planning’ according to a report on how the country can build a low-carbon economy published this week by Ibec, the organisation that represents Irish business. It calls for measures to help the roll-out of strategic energy infrastructure, public transport, afforestation and carbon sequestration, and backs more compact development with car-free urban areas.


Navan housing talks

A company owned by Davy Hickey Properties has begun talks with An Bord Pleanála over fast-tracking planning permission for nearly 500 homes on a site at Navan in County Meath it acquired in 2016 for more than €6 million.

Irish Independent

Forestry developments

London-based specialist alternative asset manager Gresham House Asset Management is planning new forestry as well as wind, solar and battery storage projects after taking over management of 4,046 hectares of Irish forests.

Irish Independent

South Dublin Council faces Newlands rezoning proposals

Property investor Hibernia Reit hopes to begin talks with South Dublin Council shortly on rezoning 57 hectares of farmland it now owns at Newlands for mixed-use development with a significant amount of residential.

Irish Times

Docklands pencilled in for Dublin high-rise

Poolbeg and the wider docks area in the capital are the most likely location for any high-rise buildings that might be built in Dublin, according to the chief executive of property investment firm Hibernia Reit.

Irish Independent

Irish bogs touted for cannabis farms

Semi state-owned Bord na Móna is considering growing medicinal cannabis on Irish bogs as part of ambitious plans to reshape the organisation as it phases out environmentally unsustainable peat harvesting across the Midlands.

Irish Independent

Dublin smart cycling initiative

Dublin cyclists have been invited by the city council to take part in an innovative smart cycling project connecting 800 cyclists across the capital, Antwerp and Manchester. It will involve participants using See.Sense bike lights and a mobile app to collect sensor data and insights across the three cities for sharing with city planners to highlight the daily challenges faced by cyclists.

Dublin City Council

Cork just got bigger

An historic week for Cork City as the first extension of the city boundary in over 50 years meant Ballincollig, Glanmire, Douglas, Frankfield, Grange, Blarney, Tower and Whites Cross have all become part of what is a much larger local authority with 85,000 more citizens.

Cork City Council

Galway noise action blueprint

Galway City Council has just approved a five-year noise action plan 2019-2023.

Galway City Council

Swords masterplans signed-off

Four key masterplans – for Barrysparks & Crowscastle, Airside, Estuary West and Fosterstown – have been endorsed by Fingal County Council to help to shape the future development of Swords.

Irish Independent

Green light for Dublin offices on appeal

An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for a new €100 million office development on Nassau Street in Dublin despite the Kilkenny Group warning that the proposal would result in ‘serious consequences’ and job losses for its flagship store.

Irish Times

County Kildare solar farm refused

A joint venture between Irish renewables firm BNRG and France's Neoen for a 12-megawatt solar farm in County Kildare has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála because of landscape issues.

Irish Independent