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Ireland round-up: More than 1,000 new homes proposed for Donnybrook and Dublin 8; Planning regime reverts back to normal

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 23 May-29 May, 2020

More than 1,000 new homes proposed for Donnybrook and Dublin 8

Cairn Homes has confirmed fast-track proposals to build 611 apartments, three town houses, a creche, cafes and other amenities on land at Montrose in Ireland’s upmarket Donnybrook suburb.

The Planner

Planning regime reverts

The planning regime is getting back to normal this week with pre-Covid-19 public participation timelines back in force and An Bord Pleanála's office at 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 reverting to full public opening hours again, 9.15am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. 

Irish Government

Mixed-use scheme for capital’s Nassau Street refused

An Bord Pleanála has refused proposals for the mixed-use redevelopment of properties in Dublin’s Nassau Street, fiercely opposed by Butlers Chocolates which has an outlet opposite the site involved. 

Irish Independent

Ronan mulls docklands boutique hotel

Ronan Group Real Estates is considering the development of a new boutique hotel in Dublin’s north docklands following its acquisition of  a row of five terraced houses on Upper Mayor Street .

Irish Times

Bray flats proposal paused over unit details

Wicklow County Council  has paused consideration of  an application for the development of a flats complex  on the site of the former  Pickled Pig and Sunnybank Inn pub in Bray because of inconsistencies over  the number of units proposed in the drawings submitted compared with the details in the public notice. 

Irish Independent

Pedestrianisation proposals for Enniscorthy town centre 

Plans are afoot which would see vehicles banned from Enniscorthy town centre with the pedestrianisation of Market Square, Rafter Street, Weafer Street and Slaney Street.

Irish Independent

Pollution puts kibosh on Dublin bathing beach

The beach at Merrion Strand in Dublin has become the first in Ireland to be declassified as a bathing area due to persistent pollution issues.

Irish Examiner

ESB rethinks Poolbeg power plant projects

State-owned power company ESB has temporarily shelved plans for a 500-megawatt  gas-fired power plant  at Poolbeg in Dublin to focus on building a much smaller so-called ’peaking’ plant at the same location.

Irish Times