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Ireland round-up: Ireland’s biggest wind farm blown away; Election stand-off sees developers delay building social housing

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 26 March-1 April, 2016

Ireland’s biggest wind farm blown away

An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for what would have been Ireland’s biggest-ever wind farm – a proposal for up to 49 turbines in a prominent upland area of County Donegal near the border with Northern Ireland.

The Planner

RTPI Research Awards open for entry

The 2016 RTPI Awards for Research Excellence are now open for entries from all RTPI accredited planning schools and planning consultancies in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and internationally.


Election stand-off sees developers delay building social housing

Developers and investors are ready to spend on social housing, but are holding off until a new government is in place, said one of the country's most prominent property developers.

Irish Independent

Green light for nine-storey docklands block

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for a new nine-storey office block overlooking the River Liffey opposite the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC).

Irish Independent

700 homes planned for Rathnew Ardale

Property has revealed proposals to buy land for a 700-home development in Rathnew, County Wicklow.

Irish Independent

Department of Finance rejects plan to slash VAT on new homes

The Department of Finance has shot down Fine Gael's plan to slash VAT on new homes because it would have no impact on housing supply, the Irish Independent has revealed.

Irish Independent

Divers express concern over Dublin Port plans to dump spoil in protected habitat

Dublin Port is facing a backlash over dredged spoil issues that could threaten its redevelopment proposals.

Irish Times

EirGrid and council clash on power line near Tara

EirGrid and Meath County Council have clashed over the effect the construction of a major power line will have on views from the Hill of Tara. The wrangle surfaced at the North-South electricity interconnector hearing.

Irish Times

Stadium sell-off: cemetery 'gives residents public open space'

Moves to sell a top greyhound stadium in Dublin for residential development have ruffled feathers.

Belfast Telegraph

Some adverse findings are removed from Mahon probe interim report

Adverse findings from interim reports from the €159 million Planning Tribunal continue to be removed, it has emerged.

Irish Independent