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Ireland round-up: New government agrees on planning reform package; Flats approvals surge

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 13 June-19 June, 2020

New government agrees on planning reform package

Ireland’s new coalition government of the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green parties has agreed a draft programme for its first five years – including a slate of planning and housing reforms against a backdrop of an ambitious environmental and climate change agenda.

The Planner

Nominate your 2021 RTPI vice-president

Nominations are open for the RTPI elections, including the position of 2021’s vice-president.

The Planner

Flats approvals surge

Councils and An Bord Pleanála approved nearly twice as many flats as houses in the first three months of the year compared with the same period last year. This surge was largely accounted for by fast-tracked schemes in the greater Dublin area, according to the latest Central Statistics Office figures. 

Central Statistics Office

Taller wind turbines urged

The government has been urged to allow taller wind turbines, longer planning consents for wind farms and retain current noise controls in a bid to cut the costs of renewable power. The call has come from the Irish Wind Energy Association. 

Irish Wind Energy Association

Go-ahead for pioneering gas plant in County Cork

Proposals for a plant near Mitchelstown in County Cork that will convert slurry and household waste into natural gas to be fed back into the national network as part of a project to decarbonise the country’s gas supply has been approved by Cork County Council. 

Irish Independent

County Mayo wind farm unveiled

Green power generator Mercury Renewables has begun consulting on a 15-turbine wind farm project at Bonniconlon in County Mayo.

Irish Independent

Go-ahead for Tallaght flats

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for fast-track proposals from Greenleaf Homes to build 502 flats on the 3.8-hectare former Gallaher cigarette factory site in Tallaght, west Dublin.

Irish Independent

Galway regeneration ideas revealed

Public consultation has just started over the five proposals for the regeneration of Galway City’s 8.6-hectare Sandy Road area, produced by the architectural panel commissioned to suggest what sort of new neighbourhood might be created.

Galway City Council