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Ireland round-up: Huge new development proposed for west Dublin; Judge rules that major Irish fast-track decision should not be delayed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 5 September-11 September, 2020

Huge new development proposed for west Dublin

Cork-based builder and developer Michael O’Flynn has submitted proposals to the city council for a huge mixed-use project in west Dublin designed to provide 1,137 new homes and a 148-bedroom, 15-storey hotel.

The Planner

Judge rules that major Irish fast-track decision should not be delayed

A High Court judge has rejected a bid by residents to hold up a decision from An Bórd Pleanála over one of the biggest schemes dealt with under Ireland’s fast-track planning regime for major housing projects.

The Planner

Green light for Dublin BTR project

Randalswood Holdings, part of the McGrath Property Group, has obtained fast-track planning permission for 250 build-to-rent flats at Palmerstown in west Dublin.

Irish Independent

Enniscorthy quarry extension row

Residents have expressed their concern over proposals lodged with Wexford County Council to extend a quarry that has been operating at  Drumgoold, Enniscorthy, since the 1960s. 

Irish Independent

Environmental campaigners call foul over fossil fuel investment

Power company ESB, Gas Networks Ireland and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities risk locking Ireland into fossil fuels use for decades, according to a Friends of the Earth report. It says that latest investment plans approved by the regulator will allow for continued – and potentially increasing – investment in fossil fuels, contrary to government commitments on tackling climate change. 

Irish Times

Timber crisis warning

Timber providers have warned that Ireland will soon run short of essential construction products and pallets, disrupting housebuilding and supply chains and forcing timber production lines to shut.

Irish Independent

Billionaire wants to build Irish home for Hong Kong citizens

A Chinese billionaire with ambitious plans to build a new city called Nextpolis near Dundalk in County Louth for thousands of Hong Kong residents is reported to be due to visit the republic in the coming weeks.

Irish Independent

Fast-track flats complex approved at Ballsbridge

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for developers to demolish the home of the 1916 Rising leader The O'Rahilly at Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, to make way for a €66 million fast-tracked luxury flats complex.

Irish Independent