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04/10/2019

Ireland round-up: Irish Land Development Agency cracks on; Fast-track Brexit project consents?

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 28 September-4 October, 2019

Irish Land Development Agency cracks on

John Coleman, initially interim chief executive of the Ireland’s new Land Development Agency, has been confirmed as the organisation’s first CEO.

The Planner

Fast-track Brexit project consents?

New legislation could create a fast-track planning mechanism for projects the republic is likely to require after the UK leaves the EU, according to planning minister Eoghan Murphy.

Irish Times

Politicians urged to back high-density homes

Rachel Kenny, An Bord Pleanála’s director of planning, has urged politicians to be more “responsible” and resist “Nimby” attitudes to sustainable high-density housing developments in suburban Dublin and other urban areas.

Irish Times

Co-living complex proposed for Blanchardstown

Richard Barrett’s Bartra Capital has lodged a fast-track planning application with An Bord Pleanála for a five-storey 210-bedspace co-living accommodation scheme on the site of Brady’s public house on the Old Navan Road in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Irish Times

Approval for Carrickmines project

An Bord Pleanála has dismissed an appeal over the decision by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to approve a large new €75 million retail and residential development in Carrickmines, despite strong opposition from competing interests.

Irish Independent

Third time unlucky for Smurfit scheme

Developers of the old Smurfit printworks in Glasnevin, Dublin, have failed in a third attempt to build flats instead of houses on the site.

Irish Times

Clondalkin convent concerns

Residents in Dublin 22 have expressed concern over proposals submitted to South Dublin County Council for a nursing and retirement home complex involving two buildings in the ground of a convent at Clondalkin.

Irish Independent

Capital airport R&D scheme grounded

Europcar founder Colm Menton's proposal to build a 15,000 square-metre research and development campus close to the end of the runway at Dublin Airport has been rejected by Fingal County Council.

Irish Independent

Tree planting fails to speed up

Efforts to increase tree planting in the Irish state, a key component of climate change mitigation, have fallen short of targets by thousands of hectares of land.

Irish Times

Dublin towering ambition

Developer Johnny Ronan's Tanat company has lodged plans to add another floor to the tallest permitted building in Dublin – but the height of the building would not increase.

Irish Independent

Curlew crisis

The curlew, formerly one of the country’s most prominent birds, will be extinct within 10 years unless wide-ranging action is taken to save them, warns a government-appointed task force.

Irish Independent

Residents cry foul over Google rooftop footie

Residents have expressed concerns that a five-a-side style playing pitch roof terrace sports facility planned by Google for its Boland’s Mill development in the capital will create a nuisance.

Irish Times

Powering up for green energy

EirGrid Group has launched a five-year strategy costing €2 billion to transform the Irish electricity transmission system so that it can handle much more renewable energy capacity in the guise of onshore and offshore wind, as well as solar power projects.

EirGrid

Makeover for capital’s Smithfield Market

Dublin City Council has revealed plans to breathe new life into the Smithfield Market area by transforming it into a food market with a café or restaurant.

Irish Independent

Fears over phantom appeals

The state's planning process must be “cleaned up” amid fears that appeals are being made under bogus names, the Dáil's spending watchdog the Public Accounts Committee was told this week.

Irish Independent

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