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Ireland round-up: Large co-living scheme revealed for Dublin city centre; Wind farm row on Leitrim/Sligo border

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 29 August-4 September, 2020

Large co-living scheme revealed for Dublin city centre

Stoneweg, an international property investment company, has unveiled proposals for a new co-living development in Dublin city centre designed to deliver nearly 400 homes.

The Planner

Galway developments

Property company Parosi Developments has applied for planning permission to develop a €35 million eight-storey, 186-bed hotel in Galway to be located at the Briarhill Business Park. Meanwhile, in a separate move, the promoters of a €320 million mixed-use, urban regeneration development in Galway city centre, which includes plans for a 21-storey tower, have been told to scale down the scheme significantly because of the threat it posed to “the unique character of the city”.

Irish Independent and Irish Times

Two fast-track developments approved for capital

An Bord Pleanála has given consent for two fast-track schemes – a 290-unit residential development at Monkstown in south Dublin and a 120-unit ‘build-to-rent’ flats complex at Santry in the north of the capital.

Irish Times

New Dart station proposed for south Dublin commuters

Irish Rail has revealed details of its proposed new Dart station at Woodbrock between Bray and Shankill at the southern end of the Dublin commuter line.

Irish Times

Wind farm row on Leitrim/Sligo border

Locals are concerned about proposals from semi-state forestry firm Coillte for a 10-turbine wind farm straddling the border between County Sligo and County Leitrim, which they complain is being assessed by the two councils on out-of-date guidelines.

Irish Times

Solar developments in County Meath and County Carlow

Solar Farmers Ltd, part of the Energia Group, has lodged a proposal for a 148-hectare solar farm to the south of Drogheda in County Meath. In a separate but related development, Carlow County Council has refused permission for a 127ha solar project in the Ballon and Rathoe area of the county on the grounds that the scheme would be contrary to the “proper planning and sustainable development of the area”. 


Limerick sub-region draft transport strategy out for consultation

Ambitious proposals to transform the cycling environment in the sub-region is at the heart of the draft Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy, just published for consultation by the National Transport Authority in collaboration with Limerick City and County Council, Clare County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

Limerick City and County Council