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Ireland round-up: Height controls axed as Ireland looks to curb urban sprawl; Flat plans for greater Dublin

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 8 December-14 December, 2018

Height controls axed as Ireland looks to curb urban sprawl

Restrictions on maximum building heights in Ireland’s towns and cities have been lifted.

The Planner 

Flat plans for greater Dublin

Multinational developers Hines and APG Asset Management plan to spend € 1.1 billion building 3,000 flats for rent across the greater Dublin area as construction started on 1,269 flat at their Cherrywood town centre scheme to the south of the capital.

Irish Times

Former capital ciggie factory confirmed as vacant plot

An Bord Pleanála has rejected an appeal challenging Dublin City Council’s decision to designate a prime development site as vacant, leaving state assets agency Nama facing an estimated €3 million in levies for the disused Player Wills factory on the South Circular Road.

Irish Times

Climate change concerns

Upgrading the national housing stock to make it more energy-efficient and help drive down emissions will cost up to €50 billion, climate action minister Richard Bruton has revealed. Ireland’s ranking as the worst performing country in the EU for action on climate change for the second year in a row was roundly criticised by environmental groups, Irish aid organisations and Opposition parties.

Irish Independent and Irish Times

Dublin 4 office development

Irish Life looks set to obtain planning permission to redevelop its Hume House office block on Pembroke Road in Dublin 4 as a new 21,929 square metres office complex.

Irish Times

Forestry agency eyes up Co Clare turbines

State forestry firm Coillte is planning to build a 90-megawatt wind farm in County Clare. It would be one of the largest in the country.

Irish Independent

Site ready funding

Funding of almost €42 million has been allocated to provide infrastructure, including sewage systems, bridges and roads, so that affordable housing can be built on local authority sites.

Irish Times

Capital bridges

Dublin City Council is planning to provide two lightweight steel bridges over the mouth of the Royal Canal, one for pedestrians and the other for cyclists.

Irish Times