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14/01/2016

Ireland round-up: Planning controls mooted for licensed premises; About 450 social housing units planned for Dublin sites

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 9 January-15 January, 2016

Planning controls mooted for licensed premises

Ministers have proposed fresh planning powers for councils to regulate the proliferation of new licensed premises in the shape of bars, off-licences and clubs.

The Planner

Growing shortage of minerals and waste planners – survey

There is a growing shortage in the number of minerals and waste planners, according to the results of an RTPI survey.

The Planner

Project will generate 360MW of electricity – enough for 200,000 households

A disused mine site in County Tipperary could be the location for a €650 million hydro-electric power station, environment minister Alan Kelly has announced.

Environment, Community and Local Government

Minister Hayes launches ‘Land Availability For Afforestation’

Forestry minister Tom Hayes has launched a report which outlines the physical land resource potentially available for afforestation and makes a series of recommendations on how to increase the level of planting.

Irish Government News Service

About 450 social housing units planned for Dublin sites

Proposals to build more than 1,300 homes on three vacant sites in Dublin will include provision for at least 30 per cent social housing.

Irish Times

Noel Smyth planning to boost office space ten-fold at south Dublin block

Developer Noel Smyth is planning to demolish a two-storey office block in south Dublin's Sandyford and replace it with a six-storey block that will see the amount of floor space at the location increase almost ten-fold.

Irish Independent 

30 protesters halt restoration works at 1916 Moore Street centre

More than 30 protesters are continuing to halt restoration works at the 1916 site on Dublin’s Moore Street in Dublin over fears that historical structures may be damaged.

Irish Independent

‘Serious irregularities’ in assembling of site, TD alleges

Allegations of serious irregularities involving public bodies and taxpayers’ money in the assembling of a site in Wexford that now houses offices of the Department of Social Protection and the Revenue Commissioners have been made in the Dáil by Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins, who wants the environment minister to set up a commission of investigation.

Irish Times

Decision on new Dún Laoghaire cruise berth delayed

An Bord Pleanála has deferred its decision on a planned new cruise berth in Dún Laoghaire. Meanwhile, the agency has published its memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the Commission for Energy Regulation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Irish Times and An Bord Pleanála 

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