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Ireland round-up: National marine plan milestone makes waves; Vacant homes CPO action urged

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 15 September-21 September, 2018

National marine plan milestone makes waves

A milestone was reached this week in the process of developing Ireland’s first marine spatial plan, which will be the equivalent of the National Planning Framework for the marine area.

The Planner

Entries open for 2019 RTPI excellence awards

The institute has announced that it is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

RTPI CPD goes mobile

RTPI Learn, the institute’s free online learning environment, is now available on the go following an upgrade that means it can be accessed on a mobile device or tablet.


Vacant homes CPO action urged

Councils should undertake a major programme involving the compulsory purchase of vacant properties with the assistance of government, a new report from consultancy Indecon has tells ministers.

Irish Government

Green light for Howth flats

An Bord Pleanála has approved a development of 164 flats on a site overlooking Howth harbour under the fast-track planning regime for major housing projects.

Irish Times

Class war on housing categories

A major row on class has erupted in the heart of government over plans to build thousands of social and affordable houses, according to a report in The Independent.

Irish Independent

Arklow offshore wind farm expansion move

Energy giant SSE plans to spend as much as €2 billion to expand its small seven-turbine Arklow Bank offshore wind farm into a major 520-megawatt facility capable of powering half a million homes.

Irish Independent

Dublin shop and offices clash

Revised proposals to redevelop the Setanta Centre in Dublin with a €100 million office block has raised the hackles of the Kilkenny Croup whose flagship store operates in the centre.

Irish Independent

Capital rail link plea

Residents of a Dublin city centre block of flats located above the preferred route of the proposed MetroLink rail line have appealed to transport chiefs not to demolish their homes.

Irish Times

South Dublin development talks

Dublin real estate investor Tetrarch is harbouring ambitious further expansion plans for the Citywest Hotel complex, according to discussions it held with South Dublin County Council. These include proposals for private and affordable housing, a commercial golf driving range, the expansion of the Luas line and a football academy.

Irish Independent

Dublin docklands hotel upped

Paddy McKillen Jr and Matt Ryan's Press Up Entertainment has received the green light from Dublin City Council to add two more floors to the hotel it has under development on North Wall Quay in the Dublin Docklands.

Irish Independent

Business leaders want action on infrastructure and housing

Improving national infrastructure and resolving the housing crisis are among the top Budget priorities for Irish businesses leaders, a survey by PwC has found.

Irish Independent

Limerick housing approved

Councillors have approved local authority plans to build 102 new homes across Limerick city.

Limerick City and County Council

Key Dublin housing site hold-up

Long-standing plans to deliver hundreds of new homes on the site of the former Player Wills cigarette factory on Dublin's South Circular Road are being held up over a tenancy dispute involving a salvage business that operates from the site.

Irish Independent

Galway urban quarter views canvassed

Developer Gerry Barrett is canvassing public views on a new €450 million urban quarter, earmarked for CIÉ lands in Galway city centre, before submitting a masterplan for the 3.5-hectare site at Ceannt station, off Eyre Square.

Irish Times

Warning over political ramifications of capital’s bus network plans

Commentators are warning that the furore surrounding the proposed redesign of the Dublin bus network could become a “new water charges on wheels”.

Irish Times