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Ireland round-up: Planning agency seeks to streamline strategic development regime; Ambitious new Wexford urban quarter makes waves

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 16 February-22 February, 2019

Planning agency seeks to streamline strategic development regime

An Bord Pleanála has started a review of the way it handles strategic infrastructure applications, including pre-application consultations, in a bid to streamline the system.

The Planner

Ambitious new Wexford urban quarter makes waves

Proposals for a new sustainable urban quarter in Wexford, which includes a mix of modern office space, hotel accommodation, leisure and residential development, and a landmark cultural and events building, have been submitted to An Bord Pleanála.   

Wexford County Council

Biodiversity duty on the cards

The government is to scale up efforts to reverse species loss and the degradation of protected habitats with new initiatives including legislation to create a ‘biodiversity duty’ on public and local authorities.

Irish Times

Bike trails to be developed

More than 300 kilometres of mountain bike trails are to be developed over the next three years with €13.6 million from the state’s Rural Regeneration and Development Fund. The initiative involves state forestry agency Coillte and the country’s tourism development organisation Fáilte Ireland.


Metroline rail line hits buffers?

The controversial southside section of the Metrolink rail line in the capital looks set to be abandoned due to government unwillingness to endure a lengthy disruption to the Luas Green line, it has emerged.

Irish Times

Blackrock homes pass muster

Cairn Homes has secured permission under the fast-track planning regime for residential development to build more than 200 dwellings – a mix of flats and houses – in the upmarket Dublin suburb of Blackrock.

Irish Times

Fingal dubious over airport noise regulator role

Fingal County Council has warned the government that it was inappropriate for it to be the noise regulator for the new runway at Dublin Airport, given its role as planning authority and lack of competency in matters like 'aviation operations, noise and economic feasibility assessments'.

Irish Times

Social housing stats

Housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy has published social housing delivery figures from the country’s 31 local authorities. They show that last year the target under the Rebuilding Ireland initiative was exceeded by 6 per cent with the housing needs of at least 27,103 households met.

Irish Government

Dublin publican calls time on proposed neighbour

Dublin publican Charlie Chawke has appealed against a decision by the city council to grant permission for an office block located beside Searsons, the Baggot Street pub he runs.

Irish Times