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Ireland round-up: Irish Budget boosts housing supply; Galway politicians split over plans to merge city and county councils

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 8 October-14 October, 2016

Irish Budget boosts housing supply

Ireland's housing and planning minister Simon Coveney has welcomed this week’s Budget settlement, which sees a 50 per cent increase in expenditure on housing-related policies.

The Planner

Planning conference hears that proposed planning changes will not increase housing supply

At its autumn conference in Dublin last week, Irish Planning Institute president Deirdre Fallon said the key to increasing housing supply was not necessarily making planning permission quicker to attain, but in ensuring that permissions already granted are built out.

Irish Planning Institute

Galway politicians split over plans to merge city and county councils 

Senior politicians in Galway are at odds over a proposal by a Department of Environment expert group to merge the city and county councils into a ‘Greater Galway Authority’.

Irish Times

Seven new wastewater plants opened in County Waterford

Irish Water has announced the completion of a €24 million project to deliver new wastewater treatment plants to seven towns and villages across County Waterford, benefiting more than 22,000 households.

Utility Week

Mulryan: State needs to release land for housing

Ballymore boss Sean Mulryan has called on the government to release land that it controls in the Greater Dublin area and to enter into joint ventures with the country's house builders to address the deepening housing crisis.

Irish Independent

Keelings wants temporary housing for seasonal workers

Keelings, a major fruit producer in north Dublin, has told Fingal County Council that it will cease investment in the area unless it is allowed to provide temporary housing for seasonal workers either on or beside its farms.

Irish Times

Coast Guard station plan stalls over rising costs

A new Coast Guard station for the east coast, intended as part of the €300 million Greystones Harbour redevelopment project in County Wicklow, has been put on hold because of extra costs in making the building withstand “overtopping waves”.

Irish Times

€15m to be spent buying unused sites

Dublin City Council to spend €15 million buying unused sites. The properties are not intended for social housing, but will be sold on by the local authority.

Irish Times

Planning dispute puts brakes on New Generation housing scheme 

Developers Greg Kavanagh and Pat Crean have withdrawn a planning application to build more than 350 houses and flats on playing fields used by “hundreds” of children in north Dublin every week.

Irish Times