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Ireland round-up: Peat agency flags up plans for big changes in land use; Emergency legislation to speed up planning in Dublin

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 3 October-9 October, 2015

Peat agency flags up plans for big changes in land use

Bord na Móna, the part state-owned agency whose central business is harvesting peat for burning in power stations has announced what it calls the biggest change of use involving Irish land in modern history.

The Planner

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 open for entry 

Entries for the 14 categories for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 are now open.

The Planner

Panel of experts asks for input into local plan review

The panel set up to consider how best to streamline the local plan-making process is inviting the views of planning, property and local government professionals as well as other stakeholders.

The Planner

RTPI 2016 vice-president announced

The RTPI has announced the results of this year’s elections, including the position of 2017 president.

The Planner

Public participation invited for draft Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022

Dublin City Council has published its draft City Development Plan 2016-2022 for public consultation.

Dublin City Council

Kelly prepares to bring in emergency legislation to speed up planning in Dublin

Environment minister Alan Kelly is preparing to bring in emergency legislation to speed up planning for modular housing units in Dublin.


Greystones residents angry at council’s plans to build McDonald's next to three schools

An Bord Pleanala has given the green light to fast-food giant McDonalds to open an outlet near three schools in the Dublin commuter town of Greystones, despite vocal opposition from the community.


Dalata planning to build up to seven hotels around capital

Hotel firm Dalata is in discussions to buy as many as seven sites in central Dublin to build hotels as it seeks to take advantage of the shortage of rooms in the capital.


Kelly encourages further engagement in the development of climate policy

The administration has launched a public consultation on the strategic environmental assessment scoping report prepared for Ireland’s first national greenhouse gas mitigation plan.

Environment, Community and Local Government 

Recruitment of senior planning inspectors

An Bord Pleanála is looking to recruit to two senior planning inspectors.

An Bord Pleanála

EirGrid scraps pylon plan

EirGrid has scrapped plans for a massive high-voltage overhead power line running across six counties and revealed that a second scheme called Grid West will only proceed if a large-scale wind farm in the west secures planning permission.

Irish Independent