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Ireland round-up: Murphy announces emergency planning measures; Hundreds of new homes approved for Castleknock and Malahide

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 21 March-27 March, 2020

Murphy announces emergency planning measures

Ireland's local government and planning minister Eoghan Murphy has announced a package of planning-related measures triggered by the coronavirus emergency.

The Planner

Hills suggests a cut in working hours to help mental health

RTPI chief executive Victoria Hills has introduced measures at the institute to allow staff to reduce their working hours by 30 per cent to safeguard their mental health while working from home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Planner

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence to go ahead – on YouTube

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are to take place as scheduled on 30 April – but as an exclusively online event.

The Planner

Hundreds of new homes approved for Castleknock and Malahide

Two of the country’s biggest housebuilders, Glenveagh Homes and Ballymore Developments, have secured planning permission for fast-track proposals for more than 470 new homes at three sites in the Dublin conurbation – two in Castleknock and one in Malahide.

Irish Independent

Anger over flats proposed for Dublin hotel car park 

Fast-track proposals from Roseberry Investments for more than 120 build-to-rent flats on the car park of Dublin City’s former Regency Hotel, now the Bonnington, are “unsustainable” and should be rejected, insist city councillors.

Irish Times

Donnybrook flats denied

The demolition of a landmark office building in Donnybrook, Dublin, and its replacement with an 11-storey block of flats have been refused by An Bord Pleanála in line with an earlier decision by the city council.

Irish Times

Clontarf flood protection move

The construction of new flood defences in Clontarf, Dublin, is to go ahead almost a decade after controversial coastal barriers were rejected by locals.

Irish Times

Sunlight fears torpedo Galway housing project

Concern over the amount of available sunlight for occupants of a proposed fast-tracked complex of 332 flats at Knocknacarra on the outskirts of Galway city has persuaded An Bord Pleanála to refuse the scheme planning permission.

Irish Times

Dublin hotel fails to please

An Bord Pleanála has reversed an earlier decision of the city council by rejecting proposals for a new hotel in the Markets area of Dublin’s north inner city from one of Northern Ireland’s leading hotel groups.

Irish Independent

Cork county development plan consultation

Cork County Council has started the preparation of a new county development plan with the publication of a 56-page consultation document. It highlights a wide range of issues the new blueprint will need to take into consideration. 

Cork County Council

Green light for more than 800 flats in north Dublin 

More than 800 northside Dublin flats in two fast-tracked developments containing proposals for crèches, gyms and cafés have been approved by An Bord Pleanála in Cabra and, separately, near the Gullivers Retail Park and M50. 

Irish Independent

Dublin Airport runway cleared for take-off

The DAA has secured the green light from An Bord Pleanála to adjust plans for its €320 million new runway for Dublin Airport approved by Fingal County Council but subsequently unsuccessfully challenged on appeal. 

Irish Independent