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Ireland round-up: Ministers pledge €285m spending on natural and built heritage; Mixed fortunes for fast-track housing in Dublin and Co Kildare

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 7 April-13 April, 2018

Irish ministers pledge €285m spending on natural and built heritage

The Irish Government has vowed to invest €285 million in the country’s natural and built heritage as it unveiled a blueprint setting out capital investment of almost €1.2 billion in Ireland’s culture, language and heritage over the next decade.

The Planner

Mixed fortunes for fast-track housing in Dublin and Co Kildare

Mixed fortunes for three projects determined by An Bord Pleanála under the fast-track Strategic Housing Development regime: it has approved controversial proposals for a scheme delivering more than 100 houses and 400 apartments on a site at St Anne’s Park in north Dublin; granted permission for 459 new homes and 65 flats at Saggart in County Dublin; and refused a 130-home development earmarked for a site at Kill in County Kildare.

Irish Times

Housing development costs analysed

Three reports looking at the current costs associated with building flats and affordable housing in Ireland, plus a comparison with the position in other European countries, have been published by housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy.

Irish Government

Data centre investment boom forecast

Up to €9 billion will have been invested in the development of data centres in Ireland by 2021, a report on the sector predicts.

Irish Independent

Guinness brewery redevelopment moves

Property players Harcourt, Hines, Quintain, Oxley and U&I are vying for a place on a shortlist to develop part of the existing Guinness brewery site as a new urban centre for the capital.

Irish Times

Report says developers are set to ramp up housing delivery

Around 80 per cent of the country’s developers expect to ramp up the delivery of new homes in the coming year, according to Knight Frank’s latest new homes construction survey.

Irish Independent

Wicklow studio expansion appealed

Plans for a €90 million extension to the County Wicklow studios where the hit series Vikings is shot, approved last month by the county council, have been appealed by two residents.

Irish Independent

750 new homes in prospect in Cork

Two of the country’s biggest developers are preparing to build around 750 housing units in separate major projects in Cork.

Irish Independent

Connolly Quarter partnership

Developer Sean Mulryan’s Ballymore Properties is to partner with CIE on the delivery of a major scheme set to provide 50,000 square metres of offices, a hotel and flats, next to Dublin’s Connolly Station in the capital’s chief financial district.

Irish Independent

Minister intervenes over row over Metrolink impact on GAA club

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has intervened to demand a ‘solution’ in the row between transport chiefs and the GAA club – where he is a member – whose facilities will be severely affected by the construction of the proposed Metrolink underground project.

Irish Independent

Co Cork resident appeals Dublin airport hotel proposal

A resident of the tiny west Cork village of Ballylickey has appealed against Fingal County Council’s decision to grant permission for a five-storey extension to a hotel near Dublin Airport owned by Tifco.

Irish Independent