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Ireland round-up: Major Dublin flats scheme offered to state for social housing; Limerick station masterplan moves

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 19 October-25 October, 2019

Major Dublin flats scheme offered to state for social housing

The developers behind a controversial nine-storey complex of 471 apartments in north Dublin have offered to lease the entire complex to the state for social housing.

The Planner 

Bids open to research planning outcomes

The RTPI has issued an invitation to tender (ITT) for research that aims to identify the most important outcomes in spatial planning and feasible ways to measure them.

The Planner

Limerick station masterplan moves

A masterplan for a new urban neighbourhood in the area around Limerick’s city centre train and bus station, Colbert Station, is to be drawn up. It will explore how best to make use of 50 hectares of state-owned land in the vicinity. Limerick City and County Council, the Land Development Agency (LDA), CIÉ and other stakeholders have agreed on this initiative, which will be funded initially by the LDA.

Limerick City and County Council

Greenhouse gas emissions go wrong way

Ireland exceeded its annual greenhouse gas emissions allocation by more than five million tonnes last year, with the latest figures showing the state is both far off track in meeting commitments to decarbonise the economy and liable for substantial recurring penalties, warns the Environmental Protection Agency.

Environmental Protection Agency

Aggregates demand

The state will need to produce an estimated 1.5 billion tonnes of aggregates – crushed rock, sand and gravel – to meet housing and infrastructure demand arising from the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 plan, according to the Irish Concrete Federation. It has urged the government to ensure that future supply “is planned, monitored and managed in a sustainable manner, to provide for Ireland’s future infrastructure development”.

Irish Times

Latest capital bus route revisions

The number of Dubliners who will lose direct bus routes to the city centre has been reduced to just 5 per cent, under revised plans for the redesign of the capital’s bus network.

Irish Times

Dublin Port cruise berth construction

Dublin Port wants to build new berths for the world’s largest cruise liners and treble passenger volumes – but only if the city council approves and private finance allows proposals that would cost €108 million.

Irish Independent

Macroom bypass progress

Work will commence within weeks on the long-awaited €280 million Macroom bypass in County Cork, agriculture minister Michael Creed has confirmed.

Irish Times

Dublin shopping mall revamp passes muster

An Bord Pleanála has upheld the decision of Dublin City Council to approve the final phase of plans to upgrade the Royal Hibernian Way shopping mall located between Dawson Street and Duke Lane.

Irish Independent