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Ireland round-up: New city quarter for the Irish capital; Call to end fast-track planning regime for major housing schemes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 13 July-19 July, 2019

New city quarter for the Irish capital

Iput the largest owner of offices in the capital, has been granted permission by An Bord Pleanála for a new city quarter in Dublin 2’s Wilton Park providing offices, retail and new restaurants.

The Planner

RTPI appoints diversity consultant

The RTPI has appointed a specialist diversity and inclusion consultant to draw up an action plan that aims to help increase diversity of the town planning profession alongside the institute’s members.

The Planner

Call to end fast-track planning regime for major housing schemes

The Irish Planning Institute has urged the Irish Government to restore planning powers to local planning authorities for large-scale housing developments on or before December 2021 in its response to housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy’s review of the administration’s fast-track planning regime.

Irish Planning Institute and Irish Government

Regulator calls for changes to Kerry local plan

The planning regulator has criticised changes to the draft West Iveragh Local Area Plan that would allow housing development at two highly scenic locations on Valentia Island and outside Cahersiveen, which were proposed by Kerry county councillors against the advice of planning officials.

Office of the Planning Regulator

Cork office conversion boosts downsize homes

Cork City Council has approved the redevelopment of a former office building on the Blackrock Road as a modern housing scheme providing up to 35 units for people wanting to downsize.

Cork City Council

Connemara gold mine opposition grows

An Taisce, Ireland’s National Trust, has joined Connemara locals fighting against a potential gold mine by making a submission against the granting of a prospecting license for a Canadian mining company eager to see if there are deposits of valuable minerals in an area around Roundstone, Ballyconneely and Ballynahinch.

Irish Independent

Wexford motorway opened

A 39-kilometre stretch of the new M11 Gorey-Enniscorthy motorway in Wexford has opened this week.

Irish Independent

Dublin docklands office block appealed

A resident has appealed against Dublin City Council's decision to grant planning permission for a 10-storey office development at the Boston Sidings site in Dublin's Silicon Docks.

Irish Independent