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Ireland round-up: Planning laws review under way in earnest; New marine planning regime shapes up

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 26 June-2 July, 2021

Planning laws review under way in earnest

Officials have started a comprehensive review of Irish planning law in moves intended to streamline the process in one planning act and speed up delivery of housing and key infrastructure projects.

The Planner

New marine planning regime shapes up

Key elements of the government’s new-look marine development regime were published this week in the shape of the draft marine area planning bill and the first National Marine Planning Framework. Both have been the subject of extensive public and political consultation.

Irish Times

ABP rejects fast-track flats scheme in Dublin 9

An Bord Pleanála (ABP) has rejected fast-track plans for a €200 million 475-flat complex scheme on Dublin’s northside at Swords Road in Whitehall, Dublin 9, partly because of accessible open space issues.

Irish Times

Sinn Féin fingered over capital housing blocks

Sinn Féin has voted against schemes designed to provide 6,000 homes across a number of different developments in the capital, claims Fine Gael in a new report whose publication was timed for the run-up to a key Dublin by-election.

Irish Times

Working farm resort proposal for County Wexford seaside resort

A unique working farm resort – complete with a 40-room two-storey lodge, spa, pools, and restaurant – has been proposed for land at Ralph, near the popular County Wexford seaside village of Fethard-on-Sea.

Irish Independent

Route confirmed for motorway link to Rosslare Harbour

Wexford County Council has formalised the preferred route for the new 31-kilometre stretch of motorway between the southern end of the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy scheme and Rosslare Harbour, which will cross the River Slaney.

Irish Independent

Narrow Water Bridge funding boost

The Irish Government has announced €3 million in funding to kick-start work on a key north-south infrastructure project, the cross-border Narrow Water Bridge between the Mourne mountains and the Cooley peninsula, which has planning permission but has been mired in funding problems in recent times.

Irish News

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