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Ireland round-up: Peat extraction regime change sparks Irish planning row; Go-ahead for Wicklow studio expansion

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 2 February-8 February, 2019

Peat extraction regime change sparks Irish planning row

Conservationists are concerned about changes to the regulatory regime for commercial peat extraction that have just come into force.

The Planner

Go-ahead for Wicklow studio expansion

Planning permission has been granted for a €90 million extension to the Ashford Studios in County Wicklow where the hit TV series Vikings was shot.

Irish Times

Donnybrook hotel passes muster

Proposals for a six-storey, 71-bedroom hotel in Dublin’s affluent Donnybrook area have been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála following an unsuccessful third-party appeal.

Irish Independent

Row over Dublin docklands affordable homes location

Senator Kevin Humphreys has described as ‘social cleansing’ plans to provide no social housing on-site in Kennedy Wilson’s new flats scheme in Dublin’s docklands, instead delivering them in the Rialto, a suburb of the city’s southside.

Irish Times

Capital housing for the Liberties

Dublin City Council has voted to re-zone land in the Liberties for a council depot and 100 new homes despite opposition from councillors from the area.

Irish Times

Capital electric car-sharing initiative

Danish car-sharing company Green Mobility is to set up a scheme in Dublin this year with a fleet of 400 electric cars.

Irish Times