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Ireland round-up: Masterplan for Limerick city centre development progresses; Dublin office proposals blocked

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 11 January-17 January, 2020

Masterplan for Limerick city centre development progresses

Ambitious proposals to develop a large area of publicly owned brownfield land in Limerick city centre, which include up to 10,000 new homes, have made significant progress.

The Planner

RTPI and Hong Kong institute strengthen their alliance

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) as the two organisations work to strengthen their relationship.

The Planner

Be a planning radical at The Planner Live

Got something original to say and a burning desire to tell your fellow planners? We’re looking for four RTPI members to give five-minute speed presentations at The Planner Live on 29-30 June 2020.

The Planner

Capital office proposals blocked

Dublin City Council has refused planning permission for contentious plans by a Larry Goodman family-backed company to demolish a group of historic buildings in Dublin city centre to make way for a new office development.

Irish Times

Vacant site initiative disappoints

Fewer than 80 vacant sites across the state have been brought back into use since laws designed to reduce land hoarding and increase housing development came into force, according to an investigation by The Irish Times.

Irish Times

Electric bike boom for Dublin

Up to 1,000 electric bicycles will be available for hire on Dublin streets in the coming months with two separate companies due to launch similar operations in early spring.

Irish Times

Taller Dublin tower appealed

Plans by Pat Crean’s Marlet Property to increase the height of the 11-storey office block it is delivering on the site of the former Apollo House in Dublin 2 to 21 storeys have been put on hold. An Taisce and a resident have lodged third-party appeals over Dublin City Council’s decision to approve the addition.

Irish Times

Go-ahead for Clonmel Muslim centre

An Bord Pleanála has rejected an appeal against the decision of Tipperary County Council to approve a cultural centre, including prayer rooms, for Muslims living in Clonmel, despite strong opposition from a large group of residents.

Irish Independent