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Ireland round-up: Green light for Dublin flats scheme that beats former height restrictions; Dublin looks to Vienna for homes policy

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 30 March-5 April, 2019

Green light for Dublin flats scheme that beats former height restrictions

Developer Cairn Homes has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála for a residential scheme of 377 flats in seven blocks up to eight storeys high in the Marino area of north Dublin.

The Planner

Grotton Papers now available to read online

To mark its fortieth anniversary, the satirical illustrated planning handbook The Grotton Papers has been published for all to enjoy on the RTPI website.


Dublin looks to Vienna for homes policy

Brendan Kenny, deputy chief executive of Dublin City Council, has revealed that the local authority is examining new models of housing provision that could mean a switch to the so-called 'Vienna model', which involves adopting a cost-rental approach which links rents to incomes.

Irish Times

LDA land transfer snubbed

Councillors in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown have voted to block the transfer of a council-owned site to the government’s Land Development Agency (LDA), which had plans to develop the land near Shankill in south Dublin for 600 new homes.

Irish Times

Intel Leixlip development on hold

Kildare County Council has put on hold plans by Intel for a new €3.5 billion manufacturing fabrication facility at its Leixlip plant while power connection issues are addressed.

Irish Independent

Bigger Dublin hotels urged

Fáilte Ireland is in talks to assist property developers interested in building large-scale hotels in Dublin of up to 1,000 bedrooms, as the state tourism authority targets more business visitors.

Irish Times

Shannon LNG terminal move

The company behind a planned €500 million liquefied natural gas terminal planned for a site at Tarbert in Co Kerry on the Shannon estuary wants to reduce the footprint of the controversial project in a move that would result in fewer onshore facilities and equipment, and the omission of four onshore storage tanks.

Irish Independent

Capital blocks Airbnb planning

Dublin City Council has delivered an emphatic 'no' to owners seeking planning permission to change the use of their properties to Airbnb-style lettings in the city centre.

Irish Independent

Dublin bus route wrath

Plans for new dedicated bus corridors in Rathgar, Terenure and Rathmines would involve the loss of irreplaceable historic decorative cast-iron railing, granite plinths and walls, as well as the architectural setting of protected homes, according to an architectural heritage report commissioned by locals.

Irish Times

Go-ahead for Dublin hotel scheme

The green light has been given for a €35 million development scheme that includes a new 117-bedroom hotel on Dublin’s Dawson Street. It involves the redevelopment of the Royal Irish Automobile Club’s private members’ facility.

Irish Times

Liffey cycleway move

Dublin City Council has revealed its preferred option for the €20 million Liffey cycle route developed by the National Transport Authority which involves segregated cycle lanes along the city centre quays.

Irish Independent

Dalkey developer ducks and dives

The developer fighting refusal for a development of three blocks of flats and several new houses at Dalkey has offered to revise the proposals, currently the subject of an appeal to An Bord Pleanála

Irish Independent

Go-ahead for Dublin hotel

Property developer Paddy McKillen Jnr has, at the second attempt, won approval from An Bord Pleanála for a new 52-bedroom hotel on the site of the old Howl at the Moon venue on Lower Mount Street in Dublin.

Irish Times

Electric-vehicle investment announced

The Department of Climate Action and Environment has announced a €20 million investment for a network of 50 high-power electric-vehicle charging hubs on motorways and national roads.

Irish Times

Fast-track residential projects on the increase

The number of fast-tracked large housing and student accommodation schemes being developed is ramping up significantly and spreading to outside Dublin and larger cities, the annual conference of the Irish Planning Institute was told this week.

Irish Times