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Ireland round-up: National Planning Framework published; Capital water clean-up projects planned

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 10 February-16 February, 2018

National Planning Framework published alongside €116 billion infrastructure blueprint

The final version of the Irish Republic’s new National Planning Framework (NPF) was set to be published today (16 February) alongside a 10-year €116 billion capital plan for infrastructure projects.

The Planner

Capital water clean-up projects planned

Irish Water is planning a €900 million investment in wastewater treatment in the capital, involving a €400m upgrade of the Ringsend plant and the development of a new €500m wastewater facility at Clonshaugh, in north Dublin.

Irish Independent

Objections to Stillorgan student scheme

Proposals for a nine-storey development housing up to 600 students in the Dublin suburb of Stillorgan is meeting significant opposition.

Irish Times

Foxrock homes blocked

An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for a development of eight new homes at Foxrock, County Dublin on the grounds of the scheme’s “disproportionate and visually obtrusive impact”.

Irish Times

Foodie heaven for Dundrum?

Dundrum town centre is to get a further boost with the decision by Dublin’s fine food emporium, Fallon & Byrne, to develop a new flagship food hall, delicatessen and restaurant in the original village centre.

Irish Times

South Korean standoff over Dublin development

The South Korean embassy has cited diplomatic protocol in a bid to prevent a development next to its ambassador’s residence in Dublin.

Irish Times

Dearth of Docklands social infrastructure

Concern has been voiced over the minimal amount of social infrastructure provision as part of the regeneration of Dublin’s Docklands.

Irish Independent

County Monaghan quarry expansion

The Irish arm of global construction materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain is planning an €8 million investment in its quarry at Knocknacran, County Monaghan.

Irish Times

Dublin’s Hellfire Club development under fire

Proposals for a €15 million tourism development at Dublin's Hellfire Club could do “untold damage” to the area and could leave residents facing traffic gridlocks, a Fine Gael TD has claimed.

Irish Independent

NTA cold-shoulders Luas-style scheme for Galway

The National Transport Authority has said developing a Luas-style tram network to serve Galway city would be expensive and inappropriate.

Irish Times

Island project will boost Cork regeneration and flood protection

A new €6 million plan to develop the public realm at Morrison’s Island in Cork city centre will both provide protection against city centre flooding and help to regenerate the area, according to the city council.

Irish Times

RIP James Barrett, Limerick and Dublin architect

James Barrett, the former city architect for Limerick and Dublin, has died.

Irish Times

Another capital student block

Planning consent has been secured for a 207-bed purpose-built student accommodation block in Dublin, which is Crosslane Group's first such project in the Republic.

Insider Media

Lawyer fires torpedo at Shannon-Dublin water project

A campaigning lawyer has argued that the case for the €1.2 billion Shannon-Dublin water pipeline project is fundamentally flawed.

Irish Times

Cork, Dublin and Limerick garner top rankings from FT 

Cork, Dublin and Limerick all scored first or second in their categories as smart or business-friendly European cities in the latest rankings compiled by the Financial Times’s fDi magazine.

Cork City Council, Dublin City Council and Limerick City Council

Poolbeg SDZ wins IPA top award

Dublin City Council’s plan for a Strategic Development Zone on the capital’s Poolbeg Peninsula was the winner of the overall award for excellence in planning in Ireland at the Irish Planning Institute’s biennial awards gala.

Irish Planning Institute

Galway social housing proposal

Galway City Council has applied for a 74-home social housing scheme on land at Ballyburke.

Galway City Council