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Ireland round-up: Ireland’s NPF sets out its stall on joined-up planning; Cork set to be fastest-growing Irish city

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 17 February-23 February, 2018

News analysis: Ireland’s NPF sets out its stall on joined-up planning and development

The ink was hardly dry on the Irish Republic’s new National Planning Framework (NPF) and its 75 national planning objectives before opposition parties questioned whether it needed to be voted on in the Oireachtas before it has statutory status.

The Planner

Cork set to be fastest-growing Irish city?

Cork is set to become the fastest-growing city in Ireland over the next 20 years, with the population of the city set to almost treble under a combination of Project Ireland 2040 and the extension of the city boundary, claimed Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

Irish Times

Murphy defends no vote on NPF

Housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy says it was never the intention to have a final vote on the National Planning Framework (NPF) before it came into force after pointing out that the NPF would be subject to an informal review in 2021 and a formal review following the 2026 Census.

Irish Government

Appeal lodged over redevelopment of Irish Nationwide headquarters

Proposals by US property investment giant Hines and Hong Kong’s wealthy Yeung family for a multimillion-euro refurbishment of the former Irish Nationwide headquarters in Dublin and the construction of dramatic new office space on the site approved by the city council last month has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Independent

Water supply problems hamper new Maynooth homes

Plans for a large-scale development of more than 400 homes by Ireland’s largest housebuilder in Maynooth, County Kildare, could be jeopardised by Irish Water’s lack of supply capacity, it has emerged.

Irish Times

Dingle Bay oyster farms protest

More than 400 people protested at Dingle Bay on Sunday (18 February) against what they said were proposals for ‘industrial-scale’ oyster farming.

Irish Times

40,000 new homes needed this year, says report

At least 40,000 homes will have to be built this year to satisfy demand, according to a report from peer-to-peer lender Initiative Ireland.

Irish Times

Fast-track route for south Dublin homes

Receivers are seeking fast-track permission to build more than 140 dwellings on a site in south Dublin.

Irish Times

Meath County Council backs solar farms

Meath County Council has approved proposals for two solar power projects: Tayto Park boss Ray Coyle has the green light for a €23 million 35 megawatt solar farm next to his County Meath amusement park while solar developer JBM got the go-ahead for a 51 megawatt scheme between Ratoath and Dunboyne.

Irish Independent

Zinc mining moves in Sligo and Galway

Exploration firm Erris Resources has started drilling for zinc in County Sligo and has applied for prospecting licences in an area east of Galway.

Irish Independent

Microsoft’s new facility opens in south Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has officially opened Microsoft's new €134 million campus, a 34,000-square metre facility, in south Dublin.


Carlow Blueway stretch blocked

Campaigners have hailed a decision by Carlow County Council to refuse planning permission to develop part of the proposed Barrow Blueway, a riverside grass path stretching across three counties.

Irish Times