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Ireland round-up: Land development agency bill published; Major Dublin office scheme unveiled

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 6 February-12 February, 2021

Land development agency bill published

The legislation underwriting the Land Development Agency’s (LDA) goals and activities has been published.

The Planner

Major Dublin office scheme unveiled

US-headquartered real estate company Kennedy Wilson has submitted ambitious proposals to Dublin City Council for a commercial development providing 39,932 square metres of floor space on the south side of St Stephen’s Green. It would involve the demolition and replacement of KPMG’s current Harcourt Street premises with a new four to eight-storey building, which could accommodate up to 3,000 office workers.

Irish Times

Two hotels approved for capital

Two new hotels in Dublin’s north inner city have been granted planning permission by the city council. One is a revised plan by Cathedral Leisure for a 98-bed bedroom project on the site of the former Boland’s bakery off Capel Street, and the other is a seven-storey, 94-bedroom development proposed by Vision Wave on the site of several existing buildings between Capel Street and Parnell Street.

Irish Times

Appeals body approves fast-track schemes in south Dublin and Swords

An Bord Pleanála has approved two fast-track housing schemes in the capital in the face of objections from the two planning authorities involved – and, in one case, its own inspector. The projects are Orchid Residential Ltd’s six-storey residential block providing 239 student bed spaces at Goatstown Road in south Dublin, which both Dún Laoghaire County Council and the board’s own inspector recommended should be refused. Separately, An Bord Pleanála has approved MKN Developments’ proposals for four blocks of flats providing a total of 265 new homes at Fosterstown North in Swords – a scheme that Fingal County Council wanted blocked.

Irish Times

US bids to move its Ballsbridge embassy

The US embassy has applied to Dublin City Council to rezone the old Jurys Hotel site in Ballsbridge so it can develop a new embassy building on the site currently occupied by the Ballsbridge Hotel. This would require a change in the city development plan from the current residential zoning to enterprise and employment use. The current embassy, one of the most distinctive buildings in Ballsbridge, has capacity for 150-200 staff while the new building will be designed to cater for 400 and would meet new construction and security requirements insisted by the US State Department.

Irish Times

Ires Reit wins capital vacant sites case

The country’s biggest private landlord, Ires Reit, has successfully appealed against a demand from Dublin City Council for a €155,000 payment under vacant sites legislation for land on the city’s North Circular Road.

Irish Independent

Dublin casino project turned down

UK property group Hammerson and Irish Life have been refused permission by An Bord Pleanála to develop a casino at the Ilac Centre in Dublin, a move that required a change of use application involving an empty shop premise which had been rejected by the city council.

Irish Independent

New proposals for 853-home Santry scheme

A housing development at Dublin City Council’s Oscar Traynor Road site should consist entirely of social and affordable homes, according to a new plan produced by a cross-party group of councillors. Plans for the proposed 853 homes at the Santry site, one of the largest owned by the council, collapsed last November following the refusal of councillors to approve a deal with developer Glenveagh Homes.

Irish Times

Irish Sea wind farm moves

Norwegian state-owned renewable energy developer Statkraft has begun preliminary consultations on its proposals for a €1 billion Irish Sea wind farm that would stretch from north Dublin to County Louth.

Irish Independent

Regulators approve Coillte-ESB wind farm deal

Mergers watchdogs have approved a €1 billion Coillte-ESB deal, which will see the forestry company and the energy company, both state-owned, join forces to develop wind farms.

Irish Times

Wicklow wind farm development

A revised application by ABO Wind Ireland Ltd to develop a five-turbine wind farm at Kilranelagh Hill outside Baltinglass has been lodged with Wicklow County Council.

Irish Independent

Revised climate action bill goes for cabinet scrutiny

A significantly revised climate action bill has gone to cabinet, which includes a ban on all oil and gas exploration and extraction in Ireland.

Irish Times

Donnybrook co-living scheme appealed

Several Dublin 4 residents have appealed against Dublin City Council’s decision to approve a contentious co-living scheme that would involve the demolition of the well-known Kiely’s pub in Donnybrook. Meanwhile, developer Domhnach Ltd is appealing against conditions attached to the permission.

Irish Times