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Ireland round-up: Green light for major Dublin city centre scheme; Royal Hospital Kilmainham threat concern

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 15 January-21 January, 2022

Green light for major Dublin city centre scheme

Dublin City Council has approved key elements of the €500 million redevelopment of the capital’s most prominent site – the 2.2-hectare plot stretching from O’Connell Street to Moore Street.

The Planner

Timothy Crawshaw inaugurated as RTPI president

Timothy Crawshaw MRTPI has taken over the role as president of the RTPI from Dr Wei Yang.

The Planner

RTPI launches site to raise awareness of planning among public

A 'Planning Your World' website has been launched by the RTPI to raise awareness of the planning professions within the general public.

The Planner

Trinity College Dublin fast-track student scheme

Trinity College, Dublin has announced fresh plans for a fast-track 358-unit student accommodation scheme for Dartry in Dublin 6. It would involve the demolition of Cunningham House and a sports hall to be replaced by four connected blocks in a rectangular layout with one block reaching eight storeys in height.

Irish Times

Royal Hospital Kilmainham threat concern

An 18-storey, 399-unit build-to-rent flats scheme would have “an unacceptable impact” on the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and its gardens, according to the state’s property arm, the Office of Public Works, which is objecting to the fast-track project – as are conservation bodies the Heritage Council and An Taisce.

Irish Times

Capital B-T-R scheme appealed

Developer Urban Life has successfully appealed against Dublin City Council’s refusal of its contentious two-block build-to-rent flats scheme for Beaumont in north Dublin. However, An Bord Pleanála has reduced the scheme’s tallest block from eight to six storeys.

Irish Times

Disabled housing strategy unveiled

The Irish State’s Housing Agency is due to publish a plan by the early summer setting out how the government’s strategy for delivering housing and support services for disabled people will be implemented over the next five years. The latest blueprint places a greater emphasis on facilitating independent living and community inclusion than the strategy it replaces.

Irish Government

Drogheda homes approved

Louth County Council has given its approval to Ballymakenny Developments Ltd for 85 new homes on a 3-3-hectare site at Drogheda.

Irish Independent

Rathmore housing blocked

A 60-home development for Rathmore, originally approved by Killarney County Council, has been given the thumbs down by An Bord Pleanála on design and placemaking grounds as well as being contrary to development plan policies.

Irish Independent

Louth planning services rated as generally effective by OPR

The Office of the Planning Regulator has published a report concluding that Louth County Council is generally delivering its key statutory planning functions on an effective basis.

Office of the Planning Regulator

Row over Dublin 13 development

Residents at Parkside, Balgriffin, in north Dublin are up in arms over a proposed fast-track development of seven blocks of flats providing 730 new homes proposed by Cairn Homes at a site in Dublin 13.

Irish Times

LDA Dublin 8 tower trimmed

Proposals to build a 22-storey tower in Dublin 8 have been scaled back by the Land Development Agency to 15 storeys following local opposition to the size of the scheme, which is for 543 social and cost-rental homes developed in partnership with Dublin City Council.

Irish Times

County Wicklow conservation area demolition proposed

Plans to demolish a single-storey cottage dating from the 1700s in a conservation area in Delgany village in County Wicklow have been lodged with the county council. The proposal would see the property replaced with a four-storey block providing retail or commercial uses with nine flats above.

Irish Times

Go-ahead for contentious capital hotel

An Bord Pleanála has approved contentious plans for a 247-bedroom, nine-storey CitizenM hotel at Bride Street, Dublin 8, which was the subject of third-party appeals following the go-ahead from the city council.

Irish Times

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