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Ireland round-up: Key e-planning initiatives loom into view; Consultation opens over County Wicklow offshore wind project

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 27 February-5 March, 2021

Key e-planning initiatives loom into view

Ireland’s e-planning portal for local government is close to going live, with five local authorities due to take part as the initiative begins in earnest next quarter (April/June).

The Planner

Consultation opens over County Wicklow offshore wind project

The first phase of public consultation has started for what would be Ireland’s largest offshore wind farm, the Codling Wind Park project, located off the coast of County Wicklow, between Greystones and Wicklow town.

Irish Times

Fast-track homes on former monastery site approved

An Bord Pleanála has approved fast-track permission for a development of 232 new homes on the site of the former Carmelite monastery in Delgany, County Wicklow.

Irish Independent

Third-party appeals over two Dublin hotels

Proposals for two hotels in Dublin with a total of nearly 350 rooms are the subject of third-party appeals to An Bord Pleanála: a 247-bedroom project from a Dutch chain planned for a site close to St Patrick’s Cathedral, and a 98-bedroom scheme on land that formed part of the former Boland’s bakery.

Irish Independent

Shannon tourism blueprint launched

A Shannon tourism masterplan was launched this week that proposes to invest more than €70 million in visitor facilities in the Shannon river region, between Cavan and Limerick by 2030.

Irish Times

Biodiversity priorities published

The government has published a document setting out Ireland’s priorities for habitat and species protection and restoration in Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas in the period 2021-2027 as well as its funding implications.

Irish Government

Dublin CC chief executive roasts housing plans

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan has expressed “serious reservations” over councillors’ plans for housing development at Oscar Traynor Road, which would see 80 per cent of the land used for social and cost rental housing, with 20 per cent reserved for an affordable purchase scheme. Previous plans for 853 homes at the 17-acre site collapsed last November, following the refusal of councillors to approve a deal with developer Glenveagh Homes.

Irish Times

Long wait before Dublin can start constructing council homes

Dublin City Council faces waiting times of up to six years before it can start constructing housing on its own sites, according to the council’s chief quantity surveyor Mark Bourke, who cited delays because of the EU procurement process and the wait for Department of Housing approvals.

Irish Times

Major housing-led mixed-use scheme proposed for South Dublin’s Goatstown

Publican Charlie Chawke has submitted fast-track proposals to An Bord Pleanála for a €186 million scheme to build 299 apartments, a 22-bedroom hotel, six retail outlets and childcare facilities, along with the renovation and extension of his Goat Grill pub in Goatstown, south Dublin.

Irish Times

Consultation begins on Land Development Agency’s Donore housing project

The Land Development Agency has started preliminary consultation on the Donore Project, which is designed to provide up to 700 new sustainable, social and cost-rental housing at the former St Teresa’s Gardens site in Dublin on behalf of the city council.

Land Development Agency