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Ireland round-up: Housing starts on the up, €115m bogland wind farm switched on

Words: Roger Milne

A round up of planning news in Ireland: 27 February-6 March, 2015

Planning applications up and housing starts on the rise in 2014

There has been a slowdown in residential construction activity in the early part of this year, following significant increases in residential planning applications and construction project starts last year.

The Planner

Pat Spillane to chair key government group on rural policy – ministers Kelly & Phelan

Ministers Alan Kelly and Ann Phelan have announced the establishment of an expert advisory group to assist the development of rural development policy and implementation of the government’s CEDRA report. The group will be chaired by Pat Spillane.

Environment, Community and Loca Government 

€115m bogland wind farm is switched on to generate electricity for 45,000 homes

Bogland used by Bord na Mona in the Midlands has been converted into a 115 million wind farm with enough power to generate electricity for 45,000 homes.


Shaping our future needs input from all

A new six-part series in the Irish Independent that has just begun (Future Proof: planning where we live') aims to set out the challenges involved in planning better communities, where access to key public services such as water, healthcare, education, transport and childcare are considered in line with the need to build new homes.


ESB's €150m HQ plan faces fresh opposition

The ESB’s planned €150million redevelopment of its Dublin HQ has come under fire from objectors including An Taisce, which has labelled the proposals as “seriously at variance” with zoning objectives.


Parachute Activity at Established Airfield Deemed to Require Planning Permission

An Bord Pleanala has decided that the intensification of use of Kilkenny Airfield for sponsored parachute jumping constitutes a material change of use, which is development and is not exempted development as argued by a planning inspector.

Irish Planning News