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Ireland round-up: New city quarter for Dublin; fresh twist in Raheny development saga

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 22 August-28 August, 2020

New city quarter for Dublin makes progress

UK property group Hammerson has appointed three Irish firms to join London-based Acme Architects to prepare the planning application for a new ‘city quarter’ for Dublin’s Moore Street and Upper O’Connell Street.

The Planner

Raheny development saga latest

There has been a further twist in the planning and legal saga surrounding proposals from construction firm Crekav to build a development of 657 flats in blocks up to nine storeys high on former playing fields east of St Paul’s College in the north Dublin suburb of Raheny. An Bord Pleanála has redetermined the fast-tracked scheme and approved it after the High Court quashed an earlier approval.

Irish Times

D-day for Dublin and Co Wicklow fast-track projects

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light to Trinity College Dublin for 358 student bed spaces at Trinity Hall in spite of residents' complaints over alleged late-night, drunken behaviour by students. However, is has refused a €79 million development of 360 homes on the outskirts of Blessington, County Wicklow on the grounds it would have meant excessive population growth for the town.

Irish Independent, Irish Times

Go-ahead for hotel near Dublin’s Croke Park

The GAA has secured planning permission from the city council for a seven-storey, 200-bedroom hotel on the grounds of Clonliffe College located close to Dublin’s Croke Park.

Irish Independent

Amazon clicks into Galway wind farm

Retail behemoth Amazon is set to double its renewable energy capability in Ireland with a new wind farm scheme. The 115-megawatt project will be built at Ardderroo near Connemarra in County Galway.

Irish Times

Lidl store for Blarney?

German discount giant Lidl has unveiled proposals for a new store in Blarney village in County Cork.

Irish Independent

Population numbers

Latest population and migration figures compiled by the Central Statistical Office have highlighted a record number of returning Irish nationals while the figure for Dublin inhabitants has reached nearly 1.42 million, representing just over 28 per cent of the Republic’s total population.