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Ireland round-up: Legal action considered over approval of Dublin flats; Galway development shapes up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 15 February-21 February, 2020

Legal action considered over approval of Dublin flats

Residents were this week contemplating taking legal action over An Bord Pleanála’s decision to approve more than 650 flats, in blocks up to nine storeys tall, next to St Anne’s Park in Raheny, north Dublin.

The Planner

Work-shadowing scheme gives young planners taste of life at the top table

This year’s edition of the RTPI’s work-shadowing initiative has kicked off with two young planners gaining a valuable insight into the life of a chief planning officer.


Planning takes centre stage in UN sustainable development declaration

The vital role of planning and of built environment professionals in achieving sustainable urban development features prominently in a declaration signed at the conclusion of the recent UN World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi.


Galway development shapes up

The skyline of Galway City will be altered significantly with a 21-storey residential tower under plans for the Augustine Hill development earmarked for land adjacent to Ceannt railway station. The proposals, lodged this week, involve 378 flats, a large commercial area, a 180-bed hotel, a covered public area and a six-screen cinema.

Irish Times

Go-ahead for Rathmines co-living scheme after appeal

An Bord Pleanála has overturned Dublin City Council’s rejection of Bartra Capital’s 102-bedroom co-living development at Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Irish Times

Galway ring road hearing under way

The oral hearing into the N6 Galway City Ring Road has started and has considered evidence about the environmental impact of the project.

Irish Times

Green light for Dublin medical project

An Bord Pleanála has upheld the decision of Dublin City Council to grant planning permission to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for a seven-storey building for a third-level education facility.

Irish Times

State loans fund 600 homes

State-owned Home Building Finance Ireland loaned builders €114 million to fund more than 600 new dwellings in its first full year, show the latest figures.

Irish Times

South Dublin affordable homes a hit

There has been significant public interest in the first 500 affordable homes now being provided in south Dublin, the first such development for over a decade.

Irish Times

Capital hotel approval

Dublin City Council has given approval for a revised, expanded plan for a new hotel in Dublin city centre on the site of Twilfit House on the corner of Upper Abbey Street and Jervis Street – despite objections from gym owner Ben Dunne.  

Irish Times

Dublin bus overhaul backed

Dublin City Council has given a broad welcome – albeit with some reservations – to the capital’s BusConnects initiative, which aims to overhaul the conurbation’s bus system by creating 230 kilometres of dedicated bus lanes and 200km of cycle tracks along 16 of the busiest corridors as part of a radical redesign of the network.

Irish Times

Capital cracks down on Airbnb

Full-time use of houses and apartments in the capital for Airbnb-style rentals could be eliminated, following a Dublin City Council decision not to grant permission for short-term lets.

Irish Times