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Ireland round-up: Major expansion at Dublin retail centre approved; Taller apartment blocks needed to protect green belt, says Coveney

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 20 August-24 August, 2016

Major expansion at Dublin retail centre approved

The country’s first Olympic-sized ice rink, which would form part of a massive extension to the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, in Dublin, has been given the go-ahead.

The Planner 

Lack of engineers exacerbates Irish housing shortage

Ireland could face persistent housing shortages unless the supply of engineers increases to match demand, Engineers Ireland has warned.

The Construction Index

Taller apartment blocks needed to protect green belt – Coveney

Taller apartment blocks need to be built in Dublin city centre to address housing shortages and prevent suburban sprawl, housing minister Simon Coveney has reiterated.

The Irish Times

Consultation launched for draft guideline for planning act

Guidelines on issues arising in relation to Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000, have been released as a consultation draft.

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

UCD plans €300m student accommodation expansion

University College Dublin plans to spend more than €300 million to build on-campus accommodation for 3,000 more students, doubling the student population living on site.

The Irish Times 

Permission for housing scheme refused by Dún Laoghaire council

Plans for 63 houses and apartments near Oatlands College in the Stillorgan area of south Dublin, which were opposed by Minister for Transport Shane Ross partly because of the loss of tree cover, have been refused by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

The Irish Times 

Senior judges line up against city park plan for Smithfield

Chief justice Mrs Justice Susan Denham has appealed to Dublin City Council to scrap plans for a park at a location earmarked for new family courts complex.

The Irish Times

Number working in Ireland passes two million for first time since 2009

Latest official figures show an annual increase in employment of 2.9 per cent, or 56,200, in the second quarter of 2016, bringing the total to 2.01 million. The number of people working in the state has reached two million for the first time since 2009.

The Irish Times