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Ireland round-up: Land agency ruminates over first project in south Dublin; Huge Limerick office scheme lodged

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 23 March-29 March, 2019

Land agency ruminates over first project in south Dublin

Media reports this week have suggested that the government’s recently established Land Development Agency is contemplating building up to 600 flats on land owned by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in south Dublin.

The Planner

RTPI launches annual research awards

The RTPI Awards for Research Excellence 2019 is open for entries. The awards recognise research from RTPI-accredited planning schools, members and planning consultancies from around the world.

The Planner

Huge Limerick office scheme lodged

Limerick City and County Council has lodged a planning application with An Bord Pleanála for the Opera site – the largest inner-city commercial development outside of the capital. It involves some 41,800 square metres of commercial floor space on a 1.62-hectare site as part of a scheme with a price tag of €180 million.

Limerick City and County Council

Details of Metrolink preferred route announced

The National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland have announced revisions for the route of Dublin’s MetroLink rail line following the decision to scrap the controversial southside section of the scheme.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Airport noise law passed

Controversial legislation to deal with noise levels at Dublin Airport and minimise noise pollution has been passed in the Dáil by 66 votes to 28.

Irish Times

Rathgar homes OK’d

Cairn Homes has secured planning permission for 107 new flats at its Marianella development in Rathgar, Dublin 6, after using the new fast-track planning regime.

Irish Times

Dublin 4 office spat

Zurich Insurance Ireland has raised concerns with Dublin City Council over plans by Irish Life Assurance to more than double office space at three office buildings in Dublin 4.

Irish Independent

Sewage plant development blight fears

The location of a huge sewage plant and sludge terminal at Clonshaugh will freeze the future development of Dublin’s north fringe, a planning hearing has been told.

Irish Times

Bakery to make way for student accommodation

Plans for five blocks of student accommodation up to eight storeys high on Dublin’s Parnell Street are facing opposition as the scheme would involve the partial demolition of the old St Peter’s Bakery.

Irish Times

Flood issues at Dublin airport

Airport operator DAA has been told by Fingal County Council to provide more information about the flooding implications or plans to make changes to infrastructure including taxiways proposed as part of its €320 million runway project at Dublin Airport.

Irish Independent

Key carbon-cutting blueprint published

A landmark plan from the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee, which ministers have promised to implement, has been published. It calls for a net zero-emissions target for 2050, a 70 per cent target for renewables by 2030, and the retrofitting of thousands of homes to make them much more energy efficient.

Irish Times

Wind energy good …

The Irish Wind Energy Association has launched a new billboard campaign highlighting the central role wind can play in fighting climate change.

Irish Independent

… but wind turbines bad

The Irish Wildlife Trust has objected to proposals to install 24 wind turbines on bog land in County Longford because the site is part of the proposed Shannon Wilderness Park.

Irish Times