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Ireland round-up: Ministers endorse major Cork boundary changes; Relaxed regime to boost home plans

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 9 December-15 December, 2017

Ministers endorse major Cork boundary changes

Local government minister Eoghan Murphy has endorsed the conclusions of the so-called Cork Implementation Oversight Group, paving the way for an extended boundary for Cork City.

The Planner

Relaxed regime to boost home plans

Empty shops and other commercial units, as well as vacant properties above shops, will be allowed to be redeveloped for residential use without the need for planning permission, ministers have announced.

Irish Times

Mayoral powers proposed

The government is due to give the go-ahead for directly elected mayors in Dublin and Cork by mid-2019, who would have executive powers in terms of strategic planning, transport, tourism and attracting foreign business.

Irish Times

Marine plan road map

Ministers have published a roadmap for the development of Ireland’s first marine spatial plan over the next three years.

Irish Government

Dublin homes project

Housebuilder Glenveagh Properties has signed a contract to purchase a two-hectare site in Dublin’s North Docklands, with the potential to deliver at least 450 new homes, subject to planning permission.

Irish Independent

Bord blocks Wicklow county development

An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for Cosgrave Property Group’s proposed major development at Fassaroe approved by Wicklow County Council, which involved a new neighbourhood of around 660 new homes.

Irish Independent

Dublin’s Apollo House demolition planned

Planning agents acting for the receivers of Apollo House have written to Dublin City Council to confirm their intention to demolish it and the adjoining Long Stone Pub to make way for the construction of an 11-storey office building.

Irish Independent

Power plant sale

An unfinished biomass power plant in County Mayo, into which almost €100 million had been ploughed before the company behind it went into liquidation last year, could fetch around €10 million after being put up for sale, it is understood.

Irish Independent

Green light for North Dublin tower block

Further development of a new town at Clongriffin in north Dublin is to proceed following the granting of planning permission by An Bord Pleanála for a landmark 16-storey apartment building on the edge of the town square.

Irish Times

EIB funding for Fingal

Fingal County Council in north Dublin has secured backing from the European Investment Bank for a €70 million credit line it can use to support infrastructure projects.

Irish Independent

Realising the Dublin North Metro project

Transport Infrastructure Ireland has moved a step forward in its €2.4 billion Dublin Metro North project after agreeing to pay architects €105,000 to draw up a concept design for the project.

Irish Independent

Ireland exports power

Ireland became an exporter of electricity last year on the back of record production from onshore and offshore windfarms, and this year’s production could be even higher, a new report shows.

Irish Times

Dublin’s office makeover

Dublin’s office landscape is in the process of a transformation with 26 office blocks demolished and replaced since 2014, according to a report from Savills Ireland.

Irish Times

Luas Cross City boosts valuations

Property valuations in parts of north Dublin that are being served by Luas Cross City have risen significantly in the nine months ahead of the opening of the new light rail line on Saturday, latest data shows.

Irish Times

Extended permission for waste generator?

Power firm Viridian is seeking to extend the duration of planning permission it secured in 2013 for a waste-to-energy plant on Dublin's northside.

Irish Independent

Retirement home project at Kilkenny hotel

Hotelier Xavier McAuliffe is planning to build a €60 million retirement village in the grounds of his Lyrath Estate Hotel in County Kilkenny.

Irish Independent

College Green bus support

Dublin Chamber of Commerce is backing Dublin Bus in its bid to keep running buses through College Green, which Dublin City Council wants to turn into a pedestrian-and-cyclist-only plaza.

Irish Times

Call for fast-track zoning

Developer Michael O'Flynn has called for a form of ‘fast-track’ zoning to combat a dysfunctional land market that is holding back housing development.

Irish Independent