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Ireland round-up: Green light for major Galway dockland development; Demo plan for Dublin social housing

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 28 October-3 November, 2017

Green light for major Galway dockland development

Developer Gerry Barrett's proposals for the development of over 26,000 square metres of grade A office space overlooking Galway Docks in Galway city centre have been given the go-ahead.

The Planner

Demo plan for Dublin social housing

Some 10,000 Dublin social housing flats, almost three-quarters of the capital’s stock, need ‘significant regeneration’ and should be demolished, says a new report from the city council.

Irish Times

Dun Laoghaire terminal scheme

The old Ferry Terminal at Dun Laoghaire is set to be transformed into a Canary Wharf-style hub for multinational companies as well as technology, design and marine-based enterprises proposals under consideration by Dublin-based businessman Philip Gannon.

Irish Independent

Cork boundary dispute latest

Detailed negotiations will be needed before a deal can be agreed to end the contentious dispute over new boundaries for the Cork City and Cork County Council areas, three former lord mayors have cautioned.

Irish Times

Developer criticises planning hold-ups

Delays in the planning system are impeding the delivery of new homes and driving up the prices of the scarce supply of housing currently on the market, developer Michael O'Flynn has claimed.

Irish Independent

Solar power farm appeal

JBM Developments has lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála after it was refused permission by Fingal County Council for a 23-megawatt solar power farm on a 41-hectare site next to Dublin Airport.

Irish Independent

Green light for Louth solar power scheme

A five-megawatt solar power farm has been approved for the grounds of the 17th-century Beaulieu House in Drogheda, County Louth.

Irish Times

Hearing told of Tara tower shortcomings

Dublin City Council architects and planners told an An Bord Pleanála hearing of 'significant shortcomings' in a planning application submitted by developer Johnny Ronan for a landmark 22-storey development beside Dublin’s Tara Street station.

Irish Times

Utility connections blight

Nearly 100 newly completed ‘rapid-build’ houses for homeless families are lying empty because of delays in securing utility connections, Dublin City Council has revealed.

Irish Times

Galway rugby ground for housing?

The Galwegians rugby ground on the outskirts of Galway city looks set to be used for high-density housing after being offered for sale by private treaty.

Irish Times

Nama’s housing figures

State assets agency Nama had funded the building of more than 5,500 new homes up to the end of last month, according to its latest figures.

Irish Times

Bike-share scheme

A trial bicycle-share scheme is to be introduced in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council area later this month.

Irish Times

City status for Drogheda?

Drogheda should be granted city status as the population of the country’s largest town and the surrounding area has topped 83,000, exceeding the size of Waterford, according to a report by a planning expert.

Irish Times

Dublin architectural gem under threat

A landmark of Dublin’s architectural heritage will be destroyed if the redevelopment of the 1960s former Bord Fáilte headquarters at Baggot Street bridge goes ahead, a Bord Pleanála hearing has been told.

Irish Times

Liffey cycleway rethink

More than five years after first being mooted and endless deliberations it's back to the drawing board for the 6-kilometre Liffey Cycleway project.

Irish Independent

More time to mull over national planning framework

Housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy has extended the public consultation phase of the draft national planning framework from 12 noon today (3 November) to 12 noon next Friday (10 November).

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Housing transformation report

Residential development in Ireland is set to be transformed by the combination of new financial measures and changes to the planning system, says a report from property consultancy CBRE.

Irish Independent

Go-ahead for Phibsborough redevelopment

The €50 million redevelopment of the 1960s Phibsborough shopping centre, including construction on part of the old grounds of Dalymount Park, has been granted planning permission by Dublin City Council.

Irish Times

Flats proposal for Frascati Centre

The developers of the Frascati Centre in Blackrock, County Dublin, which is undergoing a €40 million renovation, have applied for planning permission to add 45 flats and increased car parking spaces.

Irish Times

Mid-West Limerick City Region blasts NPF

The government’s vision for Ireland 2040, as set out in the draft national planning framework, will perpetuate the existing economic imbalance across the island and threaten future investment, according to a joint submission from the Mid-West Limerick City Region.

Limerick City Council