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Ireland round-up: O’Brien mulls protected structure regime change; new Limerick neighbourhood shapes up; Cabinet felling reforms

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 19 September-25 September, 2020

O’Brien mulls protected structure regime change

Minister for housing and local government Darragh O’Brien believes a review of the planning regime for historic buildings is both overdue and needed to make it easier for people to live in the middle of towns and cities.

The Planner

Major new Limerick neighbourhood shapes up

Proposals for a new neighbourhood with thousands of new homes located on 40 hectares of publicly-owned land in Limerick city with Colbert rail station as a central transport hub have been unveiled this week.

The Planner

Fast-track proposal for Drogheda

Shannon Homes Drogheda has submitted a pre-application consultation request to An Bord Pleanála over a fast-track development of 357 new homes anda childcare facility at a site at Colp West, Drogheda which was the location of an earlier unsuccessful proposal.

Irish Independent

Cabinet felling reforms

The cabinet has approved a series of forestry sector reforms following a warning from semi-State firm Coillte that delays in the tree-felling licencing process – particularly the appeals regime - could lead to timber shortages and thousands of job losses.

Irish Times

Go-ahead for taller Dublin tower

Developer Pat Crean’s Martlet Property Group has secured the green light from An Bord Pleanála to increase the height of the 11-storey office block it is planning to build on the site of the former Apollo House in Dublin to 21 storeys to accommodate 54 build-to-rent flats on top of the office scheme.

Irish Times

More co-living mooted for capital and Cork

Node, the company behind the Republic’s first co-living scheme, has announced plans to develop bigger developments in Dublin and Cork after raising €327.5 million as part of a new joint venture.

Irish Times

Dundalk stadium scores

Louth GAA's dream to build a state-of-the-art 14,000 capacity stadium has moved a step closer now the project earmarked for land on the Inner Relief Road in Dundalk has received full planning permission from Louth County Council.

Irish Independent

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