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Ireland round-up: More time allowed for public participation in planning; Work stalls on 50,000 new homes and flats

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 18 April-24 April, 2020

More time allowed for public participation in planning

The Irish Government has agreed to a further extension for all public participation in the planning system for 19 additional days, up to and including 9 May 2020, as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Planner

RTPI works on international strategy

An RTPI working group has met for the first time to begin work on the institute’s international strategy.

The Planner

Work stalls on 50,000 new homes and flats

Figures compiled by trade body Construction Information Services (CIS) has revealed that the Covid-19 emergency has stalled work on 33,000 houses and 17,000 apartments in the republic. However, contractors have been notified by the country’s Housing Agency that work should resume on 35 sites where 1,000 social housing units were close to completion before the hiatus occurred. 

CIS and Irish Times

Fast-track scheme for 452 flats in south Dublin refused

Fast-track proposals for a 452-apartment build-to-rent complex on land formerly owned by Dunnes Stores at Cornelscourt in south Dublin have been turned down by An Bord Pleanála. Meanwhile, in a separate but related development, a fast-track scheme for 105 flats proposed for the village of Dalkey is also ruffling feathers. 

Irish Times

Five more rent pressure zones designated

Five new local electoral areas have been designated as rent pressure zones by housing and local government minister Eoghan Murphy: Mallow in Cork, Killarney in Kerry, Athy in Kildare, Tullamore in Offaly, and Mullingar in Westmeath.

Irish Independent

Capital hostel project includes cinema

Hostel group A Star Backpackers has announced that its new seven-storey project, planned for a site off Dublin’s O'Connell Street, will include an in-house cinema, ‘guest pods’ and ‘tech-infused social hubs’.

Irish Independent

North Dublin flats proposal

Vesta Living, Ireland’s first entirely online rental platform, has confirmed proposals for a 290-unit development earmarked for a site in Clongriffin, north Dublin. 

Irish Independent

Capital otter activity

Nearly 200 signs of otter activity have been observed around the capital’s rivers and streams over the past two years, finds research commissioned by the city council. 

Irish Times

Scaled-back ‘Bertie Bowl’?

Sports-mad former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has revealed that he would still like to see a scaled-back version of his original proposal for a 65,000-seater stadium, dubbed the ‘Bertie Bowl’, built in the capital.

Irish Independent

LDA proposes 1,200 new homes on Dundrum hospital site

The state’s Land Development Agency has announced proposals to build more than 1,200 dwellings on the Central Mental Hospital site in Dundrum, Dublin, and confirmed that a significant proportion of the €400 million project would comprise social and affordable housing. 

Irish Times