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Ireland round-up: New planning standards for flats causes a flutter; Minister Kelly publishes 2015 Social Housing Report

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 23 January-29 January, 2016

New planning standards for flats causes a flutter

The Environment Department insisted this week that its planning, architectural, housing and surveyor advisers were satisfied that new minimum standards for flats were feasible and could be implemented by planning authorities.

The Planner 

Minister Kelly publishes 2015 Social Housing Report

More than 13,000 homes were provided for social housing last year, an increase of 86 per cent on 2014, according to the first annual report of the government’s Social Housing 2020 Strategy.

Environment, Community and Local Government

Trinity College to redevelop Oisín House at cost of up to €36m

Dublin City Council has voiced concern about Trinity College’s plans to demolish Oisín House on Pearse Street and redevelop it for student housing and the impact on the surrounding architectural conservation area.

Irish Times

Minister Kelly confirms allocation of €8million for the redevelopment of Inis Oírr Pier

Environment minister Alan Kelly has confirmed the allocation of €8million for the redevelopment of Inis Oírr pier and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the country’s island communities.

Environment, Community and Local Government

Invasive Alien Species Action Plan prepared by Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council has become the first local authority in Ireland to produce an Invasive Alien Species Action Plan.

Dublin City Council

Construction output 14 per cent, but capacity shortage hurts recovery

The construction industry grew by more than 14 per cent last year, but a shortage of capacity and expertise in the improving market is threatening to strangle any recovery, a top engineering consultancy has warned.

Irish Independent

350 new jobs as airport booms

An extra 350 jobs have been created at Dublin Airport by unprecedented passenger growth in the past 12 months, as passenger numbers rose by a staggering 3.3 million to more than 25 million, making 2015 the airport's busiest year.

Irish Independent

Planning rules ‘collapsed’ apartment market

Excessive and prescriptive planning standards which lacked an evidential base contributed to the “collapse” of apartment building in Dublin city, according to an unpublished Department of the Environment report prepared by the department’s architectural and building standards and planning sections.

Irish Times

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, launches the Charter for Rural Ireland in County Offaly

Environment minister Alan Kelly joined government colleagues at the launch of a Charter for Rural Ireland, which highlights measures to support the development and sustainability of rural communities.

Irish Government News Service