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Ireland round-up: Irish architects urge planning reforms to speed housing delivery; Call for referendum on expansion of Cork city boundary

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 16 September-22 September, 2017

Irish architects urge planning reforms to speed housing delivery

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland has proposed a streamlined system to regulate and process housing planning applications.

The Planner

Call for referendum on expansion of Cork city boundary

The government should hold a referendum in Cork to allow people living in the county to decide whether they want to become part of the city under local government boundary reform proposals, according to the author of a previous report.

Irish Times

Murphy eyes €7bn Isif cash to finance new housing blitz

Cash from the old National Pension Reserve Fund could pay for a ramp-up in housebuilding, according to draft proposals drawn up for housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy and circulated to the construction sector for response.

Irish Independent

CIÉ looks to partner in development of central Galway railway site

State transport company CIÉ is seeking a partner to redevelop a key site beside Ceannt railway station in Galway city centre, which is the subject of a masterplan for a new mixed-use urban quarter.

Irish Times

Planning laws could be loosened due to Apple project delays

Planning laws for data centres could be loosened in the light of the delays experienced by tech giant Apple in Galway, it has emerged.

Irish Independent

Ictu wants government to declare national housing emergency

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) has urged the government to declare a national emergency on housing and ensure a dramatic increase in the provision of social housing by councils, with extra financial assistance from the state.

Irish Times

Appeals board to quiz Amazon on energy

An Bord Pleanála is to quiz Amazon over the potential impact of its planned €1 billion Dublin data centre on the country's energy supply. The move comes as transmission company EirGrid has warned that Dublin may need more temporary generation because of data centre power demands.

Irish Independent

Go-ahead for Aldborough regeneration

Plans to regenerate Aldborough House, the last Georgian mansion built in Dublin, by building an office development on either side of the property have received the go-ahead.

Irish Independent

Developers in fast-track bid for 5,000 new homes

Around 17 developers have so far taken advantage of the new fast-track planning regime for housing schemes with proposals for 5,161 dwellings submitted to An Bord Pleanala, around half of which are flats. 

Irish Independent

DCU plans new ‘cultural quarter’ for north Dublin

Dublin City University (DCU) is planning to create a north Dublin cultural quarter as part of a new five-year plan for the development of the college.

Irish Times

Housing crisis means bedsits to be seriously considered – Varadkar

The crisis in housing means high-rise buildings and a return of bedsits should be seriously considered, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said.

Irish Independent

Retooling of Nama should not precede EU ruling, says developer

Plans to turn the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) into a government-owned housebuilder and developer should be put on hold until the European Commission has ruled on a complaint against the agency, says one of the Republic’s biggest developers.

Irish Times

300 rural areas in line to share pot of €15m

Up to 300 towns and villages are to be given an end-of-year boost under plans for extra funding by the government for its rural town and village renewal initiative.

Irish Independent

Donohoe warned 3% levy on vacant sites is ‘very, very low’

The planned tax on vacant sites should be much higher than the 3 per cent of market value proposed by the government, think-tank Esri has argued.

Irish Independent

Murphy announces rent pressure zones

Two new areas have been designated as so-called Rent Pressure Zones: Drogheda and Greystones.

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Irish cities meet for first All Ireland cities forum

Seven Irish cities have met for the first All-Ireland cities forum and discussed the challenge of smart cities in Ireland.

Irish Independent

Varadkar defends objections to constituency development

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in political hot water over his objection to proposals for a four-storey apartment block in his constituency, which he said was in an area ‘blighted’ by bad planning.

Irish Independent

Minister to allow town centre fronting ‘finest stately home’

Housing minister Damien English is set to direct Kildare County Council to zone land for a new town centre fronting onto Palladian mansion Castletown House, located in Celbridge.

Irish Times