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Ireland round-up: New Irish national spatial plan consultation kick-started; Dublin port masterplan under review

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 28 January-3 February, 2017

New Irish national spatial plan consultation kick-started

Ministers have warned that Dublin could ‘potentially overheat’, extending its sprawl into surrounding Leinster counties, and sucking up more resources and people unless a new planning blueprint is put in place.

The Planner

Dublin port masterplan under review

Dublin Port Company has ditched plans to reclaim 21 hectares of Dublin Bay to provide more facilities with access to deep-water berths, according to a review of its current masterplan for Dublin port published this week.

The Planner

RTPI: Health guidance should stress need to reduce air pollution

Measures to reduce air pollution should be encouraged over those that avoid it, says the RTPI.

The Planner

Metro North construction may be brought forward

Speeding up the construction of the Metro North rail link between Dublin Airport and the city centre by up to two years is under consideration by the government as part of its revised capital spending plans.  

Irish Times

Government to pursue cheap EU loans to develop ports

Finance minister Michael Noonan has confirmed the administration is exploring the option of securing ultra-cheap loans from the European Investment Bank in a bid to ramp up the delivery of transport and housing projects.

Irish Times

North-east inner city to be ‘renamed, reimagined and rebranded’

Dublin’s North East Inner City could be renamed, and Fitzgibbon Street garda station turned into a community policing centre, as part of a regeneration plan being prepared by Kieran Mulvey, the former head of the Workplace Relations Commission.

Irish Independent

Dart Underground could be derailed by plans for office block

The state’s €4.5 billion Dart Underground project is at risk because of a developer’s plans to build offices on the site of one of its key stations, Iarnród Éireann has revealed.

Irish Times

Minister English launches design challenge

Housing and urban renewal minister Damien English has launched the 2017 Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge.

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

Lidl wins planning permission battle

German discount retailer Lidl has won the latest round in its ongoing planning battle with Tesco.

Irish Independent

Plans to invest in towns rural recreation projects announced 

The government has announced that €28 million will be invested in towns, villages and rural recreation projects in 2017, as part of the Action Plan for Rural Development.

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

One of Dublin’s largest Catholic churches to be demolished 

One of the largest Catholic churches in Dublin, the Church of the Annunciation in Finglas West on the city’s north side, is set to be demolished to make way for a much smaller building accommodating 350 worshippers instead of 3,500.

Irish Times

State defends €140m flood relief scheme for Cork city

The Office of Public Works has defended its €140 million flood relief scheme for Cork city following criticism from local campaigners concerned over access issues and fears the project wold damage the historic fabric of the city.

Irish Times