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Ireland round-up: Mixed fortunes for Dublin fast-track housing schemes; Golf resort plan hits the rough

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 30 May-5 June, 2020

Mixed fortunes for Dublin fast-track housing schemes

Two major fast-track housing schemes, both in the greater Dublin area and both involving around 450 new homes, saw mixed fortunes this week.

The Planner

RTPI launches online conference

The RTPI has launched the Planner Live Online, a series of digital sessions that will highlight planning’s role in post-pandemic recovery.

The Planner

Guidance published for planner apprentices

The RTPI has launched a ‘comprehensive’ resource centre for planning apprentices aiming to gain chartered status.

The Planner

Golf resort plan hits the rough

Expansion proposals at JP McManus’s five-star Adare Manor hotel and golf resort have fallen foul of government heritage experts, who fear the scheme could affect the village’s buried medieval walls. They have appealed against Limerick County Council’s approval for the project. The golf resort is due to host the 2026 Ryder Cup.

Irish Independent

Unneighbourly row over Rathgar extension

Two of the country’s best-known business leaders have become involved in a planning row with a neighbour over a proposed extension to a guest house in the upmarket Dublin suburb of Rathgar. The city council has given the plan the go-ahead.

Irish Times

New EU base in the capital

Lioncor Developments has obtained planning permission from the city council for its Dublin city centre Chatham House project designed to provide the European Commission and the European Parliament with a new base in the Irish capital.

Irish Times

Town centre taskforce urged

Chambers Ireland, backed by planners, architects and other interested parties, have sent Taoiseach Leo Varadkar an open letter calling for a national task force to help revive the Republic’s town centres in the new post-pandemic world.

Irish Examiner

Flats and hotel scheme proposed for South Dublin

Publican Charlie Chawke has begun consulting on fast-track proposals for 290 flats and a four-star 50-bedroom hotel on land next to his Goat pub in south Dublin.

Irish Times

Blarney wellness project

A US producer of essential oils and wellness products has proposed an 8,826-square metre manufacturing facility, which would also be its European headquarters, for a site outside Blarney in County Cork.

Insider Media

Go-ahead for Broadwater crossing

An Bord Pleanála has approved Fingal County Council’s proposed walkway and cycleway linking Malahide and Donabate across the Broadmeadow Estuary. 

Irish Independent

Wicklow holiday village

Local businessman Joe Germaine has submitted a planning application to Wicklow County Council for an €8 million holiday village project at Baltinglass. It would provide a visitor centre, 44 holiday lodges and bell tents complete with private decks, hot tubs and picnic facilities.

Irish Independent

Mallow redevelopment revealed

Property developer Watmore Ltd has revealed proposals for a major revamp of the Co-op store and garden centre at Mallow in County Cork, which would add further outlets at the site, including a café and restaurant. 

Irish Independent

Monkstown flats scheme shunned

Fast-track proposals to build almost 300 flats in blocks up to nine storeys high in the grounds of a historic house in Monkstown village, Dublin, have caused a furore.

Irish Times

Limerick plans ‘pop-up’ urban playground for city centre

Limerick City and County Council has announced measures to kick-start activity in the city centre with further pedestrianisation and plans to transform the area into a “pop-up urban playground”.

Limerick City Council