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Ireland round-up: New National Planning Framework due by mid-year – Coveney; 60 jobs to be created by new solar power joint venture

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 14 January-20January, 2017

New National Planning Framework due by mid-year – Coveney

Irish housing and planning minister Simon Coveney has confirmed that his department expects to publish a new National Planning Framework, following consultation, by the middle of this year.

The Planner

Stephen Wilkinson inaugurated as RTPI president

Stephen Wilkinson has been inaugurated as the 2017 president of the RTPI, taking over from Phil Williams.

The Planner

RTPI shortlisted in three categories at Association Excellence Awards

The RTPI’s Young Planners Conference 2016, England’s Great Places competition and The Planner magazine have all been shortlisted in an awards scheme set up to celebrate best practice and excellence in all aspects of trade and professional Associations.


60 jobs to be created by new solar power joint venture

A new joint venture, BNRG Neoen Holdings Limited, is to develop a portfolio of 23 solar farm projects in the south and east of Ireland, with a combined output of over 200 megawatts.

Irish Times

Kelly’s flat sizes ‘too small to be wheelchair accessible’

Dublin City Council’s architect’s department has complained that new guidelines on the dimensions for flats pose problems for wheelchair access.

Irish Times

Planning application to upgrade water being prepared 

Irish Water is preparing to lodge a planning application for the upgrading of the existing water treatment plant at Glenties-Ardara.

Irish Water

Unite’s former HQ offered up for social housing three years ago

Trade union Unite’s listed former headquarters on Merrion Square, Dublin was offered up for social housing three years ago, despite its recent application for an exemption, it has emerged.

Irish Times

Cycle route proposals published

Dublin City Council has published its proposals for the Clontarf-to-city centre cycle route.

Dublin City Council

20 towns set to get rent caps after price review

Up to 20 urban areas in Cork, Galway, and in counties along the Dublin commuter belt will see rent caps introduced in the coming weeks, it has emerged.

Irish Independent

An Bord Pleanála won’t meet target date for €160m Cork incinerator decision

The An Bord Pleanála decision on a planning application for a €160 million incinerator on the shores of Cork Harbour has been deferred for a third time and may not be announced for several weeks.

Irish Times