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Ireland round-up: Major new urban regeneration fund opens for business; Cork to Ringaskiddy M28 upgrade approved

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 2 July-6 July, 2018

Major new urban regeneration fund opens for business

The Irish Government has launched its urban regeneration fund, which is designed to drive the rejuvenation of strategic and underused areas in Ireland’s five cities and largest towns.

The Planner

Cork to Ringaskiddy M28 upgrade approved

An Bord Pleanála has approved planning permission for the €220 million upgrade of the M28 road from Cork to Ringaskiddy, which will involve the construction of approximately 11 kilometres of standard dual-divided motorway and 1.6 kilometres of single carriageway. It will also see the compulsory acquisition of 141.5 hectares of land from more than 80 landowners.

An Bord Pleanála

Glenveagh buys sites for 2,780 homes in Dublin and Cork

Housebuilder Glenveagh has announced the acquisition of four new sites in Cork and the Greater Dublin area at a combined cost of €120 million, capable of delivering 2,780 homes.

Irish Independent

Dublin inner-city development

Work has begun on the first phase of the regeneration of O’Devaney Gardens in Dublin, a so-called Pathfinder Project, which will eventually deliver about 600 homes with a mix of tenures (social, affordable and private homes) in an inner-city area.

Irish Government

Bord blocks north Dublin care home scheme

Proposals for a multimillion-euro 120-bedroom residential care home in north County Dublin, by a company owned by e-learning tycoon Pat McDonagh, have been refused by An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Independent

Capital cycling call

Dublin businesses have joined forces to demand safer cycling infrastructure in the capital.

Irish Independent

Capital’s developers sitting on consents

Dublin’s developers are sitting on planning permission for more than 25,000 houses and flats, show new figures compiled by the four Dublin local authorities.

Irish Times

Amazon data centre development

Amazon is seeking permission from South Dublin County Council to build a second huge data centre at the former Jacob’s biscuit site in Tallaght, which would involve a 23,283-square metre facility.

Irish Independent

Capital bus network changes

The National Transport Authority has begun consulting on a radical shake-up of the capital’s bus network, which would mean more orbital routes, higher frequencies, a simplified two-fare system and new route numbering system.

National Transport Authority

Rapid-build modular housing not so fast?

Owen Keegan, chief executive of Dublin City Council, has highlighted problems with the delivery of rapid-build modular housing, with some projects delayed by nearly two years.

Irish Times

Limerick film production ambitions

Finance minister Paschal Donohoe was in Limerick this week to hear at first hand ambitious plans to capitalise on film and TV production over the next 10 years, and build on the area’s growing reputation as a centre for international productions.

Limerick City and County Council

M18 motorway plaza for Ennis?

Supermac's supremo Pat McDonagh has announced proposals to lodge fresh plans for a €10 million so-called Barack Obama-style motorway plaza outside Ennis, which would serve the M18 Limerick to Galway motorway.

Irish Independent

Bill targets land-hoarding

TD Mick Wallace has written an opinion piece in the Irish Times setting out why his Urban Regeneration and Housing (Amendment) Bill 2018 will do a better job than existing legislation in unlocking vacant sites for housing and curbing land hoarding.

Irish Times

County Longford wind farm development

A €100 million wind farm proposed by Bord na Móna and its Powergen subsidiary for a site in County Longford has been designated a strategic infrastructure development by An Bord Pleanála, paving the way for a rapid decision on the 90-megawatt scheme.

Irish Independent

County Cork rugby club loses Big Mac planning contest

An Board Pleanála has dismissed a County Cork rugby club’s planning appeal against its neighbouring McDonald’s restaurant over the building, and retention, of a boundary wall between the two properties.

The Journal

Student housing project for capital’s Arran Quay

UK student accommodation provider Ziggurat is planning a 261-bed project at Dublin's Arran Quay on the site of a former Nolans Seafood facility.

Irish Independent

Developers fall out over Dublin office block

Plans by a company that is part of the Clancourt group to build a nine-storey office block at Dublin's Harcourt Road and Adelaide Road have been appealed to An Bord Pleanála by Johnny Ronan's Ronan Group, which owns the adjoining James' House.

Irish Independent