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Ireland round-up: Plan filed for major extension to Liffey Valley Centre; Fast-track housing approved for Howth and Kilteman 

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 11 April-17 April, 2020

Plan filed for major extension to Liffey Valley Centre

Property group Hines has put forward a €135 million proposal for a major extension to its Liffey Valley Centre in Dublin.

The Planner

Fast-track housing approved for Howth and Kilteman 

An Bord Pleanála has approved two more fast-track housing schemes – a complex providing 512 flats beside the entrance to Howth village, the affluent County Dublin fishing port, and a project designed to provide a mix of 197 flats and houses at a site in Kilternan in south County Dublin.

Irish Independent

Butterfly concerns delay decision on County Kildare solar farm

An expected decision on a huge solar farm proposed by power company ESB and state peat agency Bord na Mona for a 494-acre site in County Kildare has been delayed now that a butterfly conservation group has lodged an objection to the scheme.

Irish Independent

Monaghan mine moves

Gypsum mining firm Gyproc, responsible for a spate of sinkholes in County Monaghan, has stoked up concern from both the Environmental Protection Agency and Irish Water after requesting permission for a sixfold increase in the amount of sulphate it can discharge into the Glyde River.

Irish Independent

Cork city centre mystery

Cork City Council has begun an investigation into a bizarre incident involving someone removing paving stones from pavements in the city centre and leaving flowers and greenery scattered over the damaged area.

Irish Times

Bike rental changes in Cork, Limerick and Galway

The National Transport Authority has confirmed that it is not seeking any new sponsor for the public bike rental scheme in the country's three main regional cities – Cork, Limerick and Galway – following the end of a five-year deal with Coca-Cola. It has denied that its decision has anything to do with a large decrease in numbers renting bikes in the three cities last year.

Irish Independent

More flats mooted for Frascati Centre

The developers of the Frascati Centre in Blackrock, County Dublin, are looking to more than double the number of flats – now put at 105 units – proposed for the facility.

Irish Times

Deadline extended for comments on National Marine Plan Framework

The deadline for submissions about the draft National Marine Plan Framework (NMPF) has been extended to the end of the month. It was originally set for 9 April.

Irish Government