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Ireland round-up: Ireland publishes a climate change action plan; Ennis Lidl snubbed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 15 June-21 June, 2019

Ireland publishes a climate change action plan

The Irish Government has published its long-awaited climate action plan. It is designed to set the country on a trajectory to achieve net zero-carbon emissions by 2050.

The Planner

RTPI president calls for more resources to achieve climate targets

RTPI president Ian Tant has said planners lack the resources, policies and powers to make the ‘significant impact that is essential’ to meet the government’s target to eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050.

The Planner

RTPI says public sector planning is facing ‘serious’ recruitment challenges

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills believes public sector planning is facing ‘serious challenges’ in recruiting and retaining planning talent.

The Planner

Ennis Lidl snubbed

An Bord Pleanála has turned down plans by German discount giant Lidl for a second store in Ennis originally approved by Clare County Council but appealed by the representative body for independent retailers, RGDATA.

Irish Independent

Coillte and ESB wind deal

State bodies Coillte and ESB are close to agreeing a joint venture that could spark a €1 billion investment in green electricity. It involves up to 30 onshore wind farms that could generate enough electricity to power 500,000 homes.

Irish Times

Farmer appeals against Intel’s Leixlip scheme

A farmer has appealed against Kildare County Council’s decision to grant planning permission for Intel’s proposed new $4 billion (€3.53 billion) facility at its Leixlip site.

Irish Times   

Capital land sales decision

Dublin city’s newly elected council has pledged not to sell public lands to private developers for housing except in exceptional circumstances.

Irish Times

Fewer trees at risk from Dublin bus scheme?

The National Transport Authority has said it believes it can reduce the number of trees that would be lost because of the BusConnects plan in Dublin following local consultation over the project, now due to be phased in between 2021 and 2023.

Irish Times

Capital height moves

Dublin City Council is seeking to increase building heights in the north Dublin docklands area, according to a revised development plan for the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock district submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Times

Ports tourism initiative

Two Irish Sea ports, Dublin and Rosslare, are to benefit from a €2.6 million EU project aimed at improving tourism.

Insider Media