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Ireland round-up: Minister cracks the whip over Cork county development plan variation; Capital rezoning agreed to boost homes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 7 March-13 March, 2020

Minister cracks the whip over Cork county development plan variation

Ireland's housing and urban development minister Damien English has taken action on the Office of the Planning Regulator’s recommendation that he should direct an annulment of a variation to the Cork County Development Plan.

The Planner 

Capital rezoning agreed to boost homes

Dublin City Council members have approved moves to rezone 16 industrial sites in the capital to deliver up to 1,575 new homes, well below the original plan to provide 3,500 houses and flats.

Irish Independent

Community green power bids

Communities across the country can now submit bids to the government to build their own wind and solar projects, which could be eligible for state contracts to generate green power for the power grid.

Irish Times

Offshore wind potential claim

Ireland could supply some 5 per cent of Europe’s electricity needs by exploiting offshore wind opportunities off the west coast, according to renewable energy developer Eddie O’Connor.

Irish Times

Dublin hotel proposed

Red Carnation Hotels, which owns the five-star Ashford Castle Hotel in County Mayo, has submitted proposals for a 60-bedroom luxury hotel at Hatch Hall in Dublin city centre.

Irish Independent

Social housing for Dublin City Council sites

At least 745 social homes are to be built on nine sites across Dublin currently used as bases for city council staff, vehicles and equipment.

Irish Times

Ryanair training centre approved

Ryanair has been given the go-ahead to build a multimillion-euro training centre near Dublin Airport. It will include two simulators for the troubled Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

Irish Independent

Appeal over Dublin hotel refusal

Property developers Luke and Brian Comer are appealing the city council’s refusal of their plans for a large new 80-bedroom hotel in the Dublin suburb of Kilmainham.

Irish Times