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Ireland round-up: Minister makes more time for key elements of planning system; Irish institutes join forces to promote the value of planning

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 5 June-10 June, 2021

Minister makes more time for key elements of planning system

Media reports this week indicate that housing minister Darragh O’Brien is pressing ahead with new legislation that would give councils more time to complete development plans and an extra period for builders to complete schemes where planning permissions are due to expire.

The Planner

Irish institutes join forces to promote the value of planning

RTPI Ireland and the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide a platform that seeks to enable planning and development professionals to share good practice and to promote the value of the planning profession and its ideals.

The Planner

Institute sets up network to guide politicians on planning

The RTPI will launch a network next week that seeks to bring together politicians involved in planning and planning decisions.

The Planner

Thumbs up for fast-tracked student scheme in south Dublin

An Bord Pleanála has approved a fast-tracked 698-bed student accommodation scheme for Goatstown in south Dublin. The €160 million project, involving eight blocks, was opposed by local and national politicians, residents, and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Irish Times

Athlone eco-tourism attraction

The owners of the four-star Hodson Bay resort, near Athlone, plan to develop a major ecotourism facility for the Midlands on the 58-hectare Yew Point Peninsula (which includes two islands) on Lough Ree. This would involve a series of small villages comprising eco-cabins. Cars would be banned from the peninsula – guest access would be by golf buggies only.

Irish Times

Vacant site levy upheld for plot in Dublin 16

A company controlled by the Bennett construction family has failed in its appeal to An Bord Pleanála over the €49,000 vacant site levy charged by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for a site the company owns in Dublin 16.

Irish Independent

Ringsend redevelopment moves

The long-awaited redevelopment of the former Irish Glass Bottle site in Ringsend is finally set to get under way following the completion of a deal between developer Johnny Ronan and the National Asset Management Agency. Ronan Group Real Estate is part of a consortium that made a successful bid to develop up to 3,800 flats on the former industrial lands on the Poolbeg Peninsula. A planning application for the first phase, involving 600 flats, is due within weeks.

Irish Times

Tallaght development held up by sewage network issues

Capacity issues on the sewage network in the Dodder Valley in south-west Dublin are blocking progress on two approved fast-tracked housing schemes designed to provide nearly 1,300 new flats at Cookstown in Tallaght.

Irish Times

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