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Ireland round-up: Irish councils warned over wind farm developments; Cork land transfer would almost double size of city area

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 12 August-18 August, 2017

Irish councils warned over wind farm developments

Irish planning minister Eoghan Murphy has written to all local councils warning them that if they disregard latest national guidelines and policy on wind farms when making planning decisions and development plans, he will consider using his powers to overrule them.

The Planner

Cork land transfer would almost double size of city area

The Cork City Council area could be set to almost double in size now Cork County Council has offered to hand over responsibility for a number of surrounding districts.

Irish Times

Taxpayer to fund developers - with no guarantees on prices

Major developers are in line to receive millions of euro in taxpayers' money to help offset the cost of building homes - but there are no guarantees they will be affordable.

Irish Independent

Students criticise ‘nimby’ opposition to Galway housing development

Students in NUI Galway and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have criticised residents in the Newcastle area of Galway city for campaigning to block a planned 400-bed student housing development.

Irish Times

Government urged to encourage high-rise development in Dublin

The government must help developers who want to build high-rise apartment blocks in Dublin to get access to finance and make the construction of such projects more affordable, Fianna Fáil has insisted.

Irish Times

Lightsource plans massive solar farm for Dunboyne

Solar energy company Lightsource has proposed a 129-hectare solar farm in Dunboyne, County Meath.

Irish Independent

German ambassador objects to Howl at the Moon redevelopment

The German ambassador has appealed a decision by Dublin City Council to allow the demolition of Howl at the Moon nightclub so a 53-room hotel can be built on the site.

Irish Times

Bono and The Edge's hotel fears bad vibes from new civic plaza

The Clarence Hotel, owned by U2's Bono and The Edge, fears bad vibrations from plans to redevelop College Green into a civic plaza, according to a document filed with An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Independent

U2 museum plans enter an advanced stage

Plans for a U2 museum on the site of the band’s recording studio in Dublin’s docklands are at an advanced stage, with a planning application set to be lodged in the coming days, according to the Irish Times.

Irish Times

O'Flynn to build 515 houses on Cork site

One of the country's most high-profile developers, Michael O'Flynn is taking advantage of the new fast-track planning regime for a development of 515 new homes at a 31-hectare site at Ballinglanna in Cork.

Irish Independent

More than 6,500 sign petition to save Fairview trees

Nearly 6,000 people have signed a petition to stop the felling of 50 trees in Dublin’s Fairview Park.

Irish Times

Plans for €75m makeover of Central Bank building to be lodged

US property giant Hines and its Hong Kong partner Peterson are seeking permission for a €75 million redevelopment of the old Central Bank headquarters in Dublin.

Irish Times 

Proposals for accommodation for people with special housing needs invited

The government has invited a further round of housing proposals from approved bodies to provide independent living accommodation for people with special housing needs and for which funding is available.

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

JCD gets green light for Cork city offices

Develop JCD Group has been given the green light by the Cork City Council for a five-storey office building capable at a site on South Mall.

Irish Independent

Irish Life Baggot Street plan appealed to An Bord Pleanála

Irish Life's plan to demolish and redevelop Bord Failte's former headquarters on Dublin's Baggot Street has been thrown into question following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála by a group representing a number of the country's foremost architects. 

Irish Independent

Labour says urgent need for national affordable housing scheme

Census figures showing almost 7,000 people homeless last year highlighted the urgent need for a national affordable housing scheme, Labour housing spokeswoman Jan O’Sullivan has argued.

Irish Times