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14/09/2018

Ireland round-up: Land Development Agency launched; Raheny housing scheme redetermined and refused

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 8 September-14 September, 2018

Land Development Agency launched

The Irish Government has set up and formally launched its promised Land Development Agency, which is designed to build 150,000 new homes over the next 20 years.

The Planner

Digital and smart Limerick

Limerick has become Ireland’s first ‘Digital City’ in an initiative that joins up the digital and smart cities agendas for the sub-region.

Limerick City Council

Raheny housing scheme redetermined and refused by Bord

An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for a development of 104 houses and 432 flats submitted by Crekav Trading GP Limited for land at Raheny Dublin 5. It was originally approved in April but subsequently quashed after a High Court ruling before being resubmitted for a new determination.

An Bord Pleanála

Revised top tower scheme resubmitted

Developer Johnny Ronan is pinning his hopes on new draft guidelines on building heights and residential densities as he submits a scaled-back proposal for what would be Dublin's tallest building at a site on Tara Street.

Irish Independent

Murphy ruffles council feathers over homelessness

The four Dublin local authorities are unhappy with housing minister Eoghan Murphy’s suggestion that he may have to use emergency powers to transfer responsibility for providing emergency housing accommodation to his department because councils aren’t meeting targets.

Irish Times

136 fast-track Dublin homes green-lit

Developer Michael Cotter's Viscount Securities has secured fast-track planning approval from An Bord Pleanála for 136 new homes at Brennanstown Road in Carrickmines in south County Dublin.

Irish Independent

Homes plan for Dublin retail and hotel site

A combination of a shortage of housing and a plentiful supply of retail accommodation has encouraged the McGrath Property Group to seek planning permission for more than 300 apartments on a west Dublin site, which already had planning for a major retail and apart-hotel development.

Irish Independent

Galway culture turmoil

Galway’s European Capital of Culture 2020 project is in further turmoil over the loss of its chief executive, Hannah Kiely, just over three months after the project lost its creative director, Chris Baldwin.

Irish Times

Affordable homes land sale concerns

Government should reconsider its policy of selling land to the highest bidder for building affordable housing, says the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, which argues that this strategy does not produce the best outcome for affordable housing delivery.

Irish Times

Parnell Square cultural quarter project

Designs for the planned new Dublin City Library on Parnell Square – set to be the linchpin of a new cultural quarter in the capital – have been unveiled by the architects behind the project. The plans involve the restoration of a Georgian terrace on the north of the square and a dramatic new building behind it.

Dublin City Council

Social housing contract problems

A number of social housing schemes are facing delay because of contractual issues involving so-called Part V houses, it has been claimed.

Irish Independent

Premier Inn pioneer for capital

Whitbread has secured planning permission for a 97-bedroom Premier Inn in Dublin, its first in the city centre.

Insider Media

Mountjoy Square proposals

Dublin City Council has proposed restoring Mountjoy Square to how it looked on opening in 1837 by recreating the nearly 2-hectare park at its centre.

Irish Times

Dublin pubs planning squabble

The owners of one of Ireland's most famous pubs, O'Donoghues, have become embroiled in a planning row with Marcel’s, its next-door neighbour on Dublin's Merrion Row.

Irish Independent

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