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Ireland round-up: Planning pledges feature in Irish election; Fast-track flats approved in Saggart and Drogheda

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 1 February-7 February, 2020

Planning pledges feature in Irish election

The Irish Republic goes to the polls this weekend in a general election with housing and, to a lesser degree, climate crisis issues looming large.

The Planner

Fast-track flats approved in Saggart and Drogheda

An Bord Pleanála has approved fast-track permissions for two schemes totalling more than 1,100 new flats: 448 units on a site south of Saggart and 661 new homes at Drogheda.

Irish Times

Dublin housing tower

Developer Chartered Land has unveiled proposals for a 29-storey residential tower as part of a mixed-use development at Parkgate Street, Dublin.

Irish Times

Poolbeg West shapes up

Dublin City Council has agreed to the layout for a proposed 3,500-house suburb to be developed at Poolbeg West near the mouth of River Liffey.

Irish Independent

Green light for North Dublin new homes

An Bord Pleanála has approved builder Dwyer Nolan’s plan for 129 flats in Hampton Wood in north Dublin despite opposition from Social Democrat joint leader Róisín Shortall and residents.

Irish Independent

Dundrum development

Lioncor Developments has begun preliminary negotiations with An Bord Pleanála over a proposed complex of 730 flats in Dundrum.

Irish Times

Fingal West church demolition

Dublin City Council has given approval for the demolition of one of Dublin’s biggest Roman Catholic churches – the Church of the Annunciation in Finglas West – and its replacement with a new facility 10 times smaller.

Irish Times

Dundalk solar farm plans outlined

Harmony Solar has unveiled proposals for a €38 million solar farm near Dundalk that will power 11,000 homes.

Irish Independent

New location for Dublin Lidl

German retailer Lidl has been confirmed as the buyer of a former Annesley Motors premises in Dublin's Ballybough district after successfully appealing against the designation of the site as vacant, which would have attracted levies.

Irish Independent

Irish Rail in hedgerow-cutting furore

Campaigners have staged a third protest over removal of hedgerows along stretches of the Limerick Junction to Waterford rail line and are demanding that Irish Rail stops the work.

Irish Times

Liffey cycle path latest

Work on building the long-awaited 5 kilometre cycle path along the River Liffey in Dublin could start as soon as this summer if city councillors agree to close both quays to traffic to facilitate construction.

Irish Independent

Cork cycling provision woes

Dean Venables, chairman of Cork Cycling Campaign, says the city – once a trailblazer – is now behind the times in terms of biking infrastructure.

Irish Times