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Ireland round-up: More housing proposed for key Cork redevelopment; Capital climate action plan approved

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 31 August-6 September, 2019

More housing proposed for key Cork redevelopment

Proposals to increase the number of dwellings on a major new residential development in the centre of Cork have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála under the fast-track planning regime for major residential projects.

The Planner

Capital climate action plan approved

Dublin City Council has signed off a climate action plan that sets ambitious targets for the capital in adopting renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions and making it “climate resilient” in withstanding extreme weather events.

Dublin City Council

Dublin airport planning regime set for changes

Dublin Airport owner DAA is expected to apply shortly to the newly established noise regulator, Fingal County Council, to change planning conditions attached to its new runway.

Irish Times

State tree-planting target

Twenty-two million trees are to be planted every year in the state over the next two decades as part of a plan to tackle climate change, said the government.

Irish Times

Dublin Bay reclamation housing proposal cold-shouldered

Environmentalists have dismissed businessman Harry Crosbie's proposal to reclaim land from the sea for a massive housing project on Dublin Bay as fanciful, because the area he has earmarked has protected status.

Irish Independent

Concern over Leitrim’s Sitka spruce

A report on the impact of forestry in Leitrim has confirmed that the level of plantations in the county is the highest in the country. The Sitka spruce is the dominant species, which is of concern to conservationists.

Irish Times

Backing for new Dublin pedestrian plaza by Liffey

City councillors have approved the creation of a new pedestrian plaza for the capital beside the Ha’penny Bridge on Liffey Street, despite objections from car park owners.

Irish Times

Wexford planners reject hotel at Bannow Bay

Wexford County Council has refused planning permission for a 60-bed hotel just outside Fethard-on-Sea at a site near the Bannow Bay Special Area of Conservation.

Irish Independent

Dundrum housing schemes

The owners of Dundrum Town Centre have applied for fast-track permission to build more than 100 new flats near the country's largest shopping mall as property developer Marlet has received the green light to more than double the number of flats it intends to develop on the Upper Kilmacud Road in Dublin 14.

Irish Independent

Free travel scheme boom prompts sustainability concern

The sustainability of current funding levels for the state’s free travel scheme has been questioned after a 16 per cent increase in journeys taken by pass holders on public and private transport services was recorded last year.

Irish Times

1,950 new homes earmarked for north Dublin

Developer Gannon Properties has revealed that it is seeking fast-track permission from An Bord Pleanála for 1,130 build-to-rent flats and 625 build-to-sell units at Clongriffin in north Dublin.

Irish Independent

Limerick floating data centre makes waves

Proposals for a €35 million floating data centre at Limerick docks are set to proceed after opponents withdrew objections to planning approval for the project, which will involve a floating barge on the River Shannon.

Irish Independent