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Ireland round-up: Irish minister commits to rural development blueprint; Student village to replace Park Shopping Centre in Dublin

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 21 January-27 January, 2017

Irish minister commits to rural development blueprint

Housing and planning minister Simon Coveney has welcomed the Irish Government’s rural action plan and committed to further rural development proposals in the forthcoming National Planning Framework.

The Planner

Student village to replace Park Shopping Centre in Dublin 

A planning application has been submitted for 541 student bed spaces as part of the redevelopment of the Tesco-anchored Park Shopping Centre in the Stoneybatter area of Dublin 7.

Irish Times

Maritime group Meitheal Mara unveils plan for centre in Cork 

Maritime heritage group Meitheal Mara has unveiled a plan to create a maritime hub in Cork Harbour, involving the establishment of an expanded €500,000 base from where it can carry out its boat-building.

Irish Times

Dublin Airport group seeks five more years to build new runway

The DAA Dublin airports group has applied to Fingal Council for a five-year extension to its planning permission for a new north runway at Dublin airport.

Irish Times

Battle brewing over plan for 115km cycle path on river

A major battle is brewing over a controversial plan by Waterways Ireland to replace the 115km grassy towpath along the River Barrow from Kildare to Carlow with hard surface to accommodate a cycleway.

Irish Independent

Nearly 300 objections to Bulloch Harbour development plan

Singer Christy Moore is among nearly 300 formal objectors to controversial development proposals for Bulloch Harbour, one of the capital’s most popular coastal inlets.

Irish Times

Irish Water told to carry out ‘stoat survey’ in south Dublin

Irish Water’s plans for an €80 million redevelopment of the Stillorgan reservoir in south Dublin have hit a number of hurdles, including demands from a local authority that 60 per cent of the lands to be turned into a public park.

Irish Times

Campaigners to hand in petition to save Guinness bridge

Campaigners hoping to save a 19th-century box truss bridge spanning the Liffey and built by the Guinness family have petitioned South Dublin and Fingal county councils.

Irish Times

Ardmore Studios site planning restrictions will maintain it as film-only zone

Planning restrictions on the site of Ardmore Studios in County Wicklow mean it will be retained as a film-only zoning, enterprise minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has told the Dáil.

Irish Times