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Ireland round-up: Irish think-tank argues Covid-19 response requires planning re-set; Dublin bus network redesign shapes up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 26 September-2 October, 2020

Irish think-tank argues Covid-19 response requires planning re-set

Key planning policies encouraging high-density development and urban flats may have to be rethought because of the impact of Covid-19 on the property market, according to a report published by Ireland’s Economic & Social Research Institute.

The Planner

Dublin bus network redesign shapes up

The final version of the network redesign of Dublin’s new bus network has been published by the National Transport Authority. A third round of public consultation on proposals for 16 designated bus corridors to accommodate the network, some of which have proved controversial, will take place later this year.

Irish Times

Carbo budget bill looms

Legislation to impose strict five-yearly carbon-emission limits on transport, agriculture, energy suppliers and business will be in place by Christmas and in operation from next year, following an agreement among ministers, it has emerged.

Irish Times

Transport minister warns about 'speculative' public transport plans

Wicklow County Council and other local authorities should not permit the construction of housing estates on the “speculative” basis that new public transport projects will be developed in those areas, the transport minister has stressed. 

Irish Times

Croke Park hotel approval appealed

Proposals for a new 200-bed hotel owned by the GAA near Dublin’s Croke Park have been put on hold following a number of appeals to An Bord Pleanála over the green light given by the city council. One objection is from a local nursing home.

Irish Times

River Liffey bridge sunk

Plans for a €20 million bridge across the river Liffey are to be shelved indefinitely following An Bord Pleanála’s refusal to allow Dublin City Council to change the location of what would be the first dedicated cycling and pedestrian link over the river.

Irish Times

All of Kildare county is now a rent pressure zone

Housing minister Darragh O’Brien, has welcomed the news that the entire administrative area of Kildare County Council is now designated as a rent pressure zone following the decision to include the Monasterevin and Kildangan electoral divisions.

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government