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Ireland round-up: Kildare County Council snubs minister, NAMA could sell off assets

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 18-20 October, 2014

Kildare County Council snubs minister over pylon policy

Members of Kildare County Council have snubbed an intervention by Ireland's environment minister Alan Kelly and voted in favour of a change to the county development plan that would require strict separation distances between homes and pylons.

The Planner 

Upturn in construction sector as new builds on the rise

The number of new homes under construction and a rise in planning permissions suggests an upturn in the construction sector, according to new figures.


NAMA could finish selling off assets by 2017

The National Asset Management Agency could finish its asset sales in little more than three years' time if the property market continues to recover, says the organisation’s just-published 2015 policy statement.


Just 11 sites generate 80% of air quality complaints

Latest reports on air quality from the republic’s environmental protection watchdog highlight concern over the burning of coal and peat in open fires and road traffic volumes - leading to poor air quality in urban areas.


Minister Kelly announces recipients of grants under the 2014 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund

Environment minister Alan Kelly has announced the recipients of grant funding under the 2014 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. This scheme promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale, non-profit environmental projects at a local level.

Environment, Community and Local Government