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Ireland round-up: Irish councils call for key changes to LDA powers; An Bord Pleanála argues case for extra staff

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 8 May-14 May, 2021

Irish councils call for key changes to LDA powers

The organisation representing local government in Ireland this week voiced strong opposition to key elements of the government’s Land Development Agency and demanded big changes to the legislation establishing the body.

The Planner

Ministers welcome moves to safeguard historic Dublin’s Easter Rising area

Irish ministers have welcomed the findings and recommendations of a government-appointed group on the future of Dublin’s historic Moore Street area, which played a key role in the 1916 Easter Rising but has been under threat from redevelopment proposals.

The Planner

ABP argues case for extra staff

An Bord Pleanála has told the government it needs 16 extra staff to cope with a surge in fast-track applications and an increasing workload involving strategic infrastructure developments, particularly new marine development proposals.

Irish Times

South Dublin fast-track flats proposal

Glenavy Educational Foundation, a charity that supports Opus Dei activities, is preparing a fast-track planning application to develop a 1.9-hectare site at Nullamore House in Milltown, south Dublin, to provide 215 flats in five blocks.

Irish Times

Portmarnock homes for bungalow pitch

Richard Burrows, the businessman who was once Governor of Bank of Ireland, and his wife Sherill, have applied to demolish Dunseverick, a 427-square-metre  bungalow at Portmarnock, County Dublin, with amazing sea views and replace it with six family houses.

Irish Independent

Dundalk waste project

Waste management firm Oxigen Environmental has applied to Louth County Council for permission to build a waste recovery and recycling facility on a 26-hectare site near Dundalk that could treat 90,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Irish Independent

County Tipperary pharma project

Pharmaceutical giant MSD, part of the US group Merck, is planning a new €140 million manufacturing facility linked to an existing plant in Ballydine, County Tipperary.

Irish Independent

Drogheda flats row

Proposals by developer Urban Life for a scheme of 57 build-to-rent flats in Drogheda have incensed locals.

Irish Independent

OPR raises flooding fears over Naas local plan

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has voiced concern over Kildare County Council’s new draft local area plan for Naas, which proposes to rezone for development some parcels of land on the outskirts of the town prone to flooding.

Irish Times

OECD snubbed over water charges call

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has ruled out any revisiting of the issue of water charges, despite a call by the OECD for their reintroduction in a review of Ireland’s environmental record.

Irish Times

Fast-track proposals for 428 Sandyford flats

Fresh fast-track proposals have been submitted to An Bord Pleanála for a new high-rise residential complex in Sandyford, south Dublin, providing 428 build-to-rent flats at the former Avid Technology International site.

Irish Independent

Row over rezoning of Cavan County Development plan housing sites

Fianna Fáil councillors in County Cavan have voted to rezone residential land to green spaces in the county development plan despite objections from senior local authority officials.

Irish Independent

Bill plans 12-week time limit for ABP deliberations

Former minister for agriculture Barry Cowen has introduced legislation to put a 12-week limit for An Bord Pleanála to consider applications and appeals in an attempt to ensure it “doesn’t unduly delay” decisions on infrastructure projects.

Irish Times