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Ireland round-up: Planning application submitted for Galway ring road project; Carrickmines development nearly doubles

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 27 October-2 November 2018

Application submitted for Galway ring road project

The planning application for a €600 million ring road for the City of Galway has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála as a Strategic Infrastructure Development.

The Planner

Carrickmines development nearly doubles

Residential developer Victoria Homes has nearly doubled the number of new homes – now set at around 1,500 units – proposed for its scheme at Carrickmines, south Co Dublin, which is now set to be considered by An Bord Pleanála under the fast-track planning regime for major housing schemes.

Irish Times

Poolbeg district heating planned for capital

Plans for a €40 million district heating scheme, which uses hot water supplied by the Poolbeg incinerator, are being advanced by Dublin City Council.

Irish Times

Dún Laoghaire Harbour technology centre scuttled

The developer behind a plan to transform the former ferry terminal in Dún Laoghaire Harbour into one of Europe’s largest technology campuses has pulled out of the project after discovering that the owner of the building had failed to secure the necessary foreshore licence to lease the building.

Irish Times

Airport capacity report published

Transport minister Shane Ross has published for consultation a report on the capacity needs of Ireland’s state airports, which the administration commissioned from Oxford Economics and Cambridge Economic Policy Associates.

Irish Government

Greenlight for Limerick rugby attraction

Billionaire businessman and racehorse owner JP McManus has received planning permission for a new multimillion-euro rugby-themed visitor centre in Limerick’s O’Connell St.

Irish Independent

Electric bus trial on island off Cork coast

Cape Clear, a tiny island off the southernmost tip of Ireland, is set to become the location for the first official pilot of fully electric public buses organised by the National Transport Authority.

Irish Times

Broadband plan concerns mount

Concern is mounting about the escalating costs of the National Broadband Plan, now estimated at €3 billion, and officials are working on “Plan B” in case the entire process collapses, The Irish Times has claimed.

Irish Times

Peat board job losses fears

Hundreds of job losses at the semi-state-owned peat company Bord na Móna, mainly in the counties of Kildare and Offaly, are feared as the company finalises a restructuring plan that will see the entity move away from peat harvesting.

Irish Independent

Galway office campus proposal

A leading Galway company has lodged a planning application for the first phase of a suburban office campus to the east of Galway city.

Irish Times

Airport planning regime changes under discussion

The Oireachtas is due to begin debating a new bill that will allow DAA, the owner of Dublin Airport, to appeal a planning condition that restricts the use of its new runway, for which preparatory work gets underway shortly.

Irish Times

Culinary hub plan for Dublin’s north inner city

Dorset Street in Dublin’s north inner city would be turned into a “vibrant cosmopolitan destination village” and “culinary hub” under plans put forward by residents and business groups.

Irish Times

Deep drilling EIA rules update

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has issued a circular on new environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations covering deep drilling for mineral exploration.

Irish Government

Dublin rail passengers face the squeeze

There will be no space for additional passengers to travel on peak train services around Dublin in less than three years unless dozens of additional carriages are in service, Irish Rail has revealed.

Irish Independent

Vehicle charging charges

Drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will have to pay at public charging points for the first time next year, the power company ESB has announced.

Irish Times

Call for cycle improvements before Dublin bus route changes

The National Transport Authority needs to work with local authorities to improve cycle facilities before implementing a new bus network for the capital, the Dublin Cycling Campaign has said.

Irish Times