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Ireland round-up: Planning regime changes for flats announced to boost Irish housing supply; Cork boundary change legislation

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 30 December 2017-5 January 2018

Planning regime changes for flats announced to boost Irish housing supply

New updated draft planning guidelines designed to boost the number of flats proposed in Irish cities and towns have been published by planning and housing minister Eoghan Murphy.

The Planner

Cork boundary change legislation

Local government minister Eoghan Murphy has confirmed that he plans to introduce legislation to give effect to Cork City boundary changes following the decision of Cork County Councillors not to accept a deal that would see the city doubling in population.

Irish Times

Flood schemes update

Ministers have published an update on measures to reduce the risk of flooding which should see 12,500 properties protected and a further 11,500 safeguarded under new schemes.

Irish Government

Rural resettlement scheme looms?

A voluntary rural resettlement scheme could be considered to help address the country’s housing crisis, says Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Irish Independent

College Green criticism

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan has hit out at Dublin Bus and city business organisations for their failure to support plans for a pedestrian and cycle plaza at College Green, ahead of an An Bord Pleanála hearing on the scheme that starts next week (9 January).

Irish Times

Energy test site approved

Ministers have approved a foreshore lease for an offshore energy test site in Galway Bay.

Irish Times

Home starts

New housing starts are expected to exceed 15,000 this year for the first time since 2008, pointing to a significant pick-up in housebuilding, according to an analysis by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF).

Irish Times

Dublin Airport hotel move

Fresh plans for a new 10-storey, 421-bedroom hotel that will cost tens of millions of euros to develop have been submitted for a site near Dublin Airport.

Irish Independent

Sites deal

Housebuilder Glenveagh Properties has announced that it has secured four development sites that will potentially deliver more than 870 new homes.

Irish Independent

Dublin hotel reservations

Proposals to demolish Twilfit House in Dublin to make way for an eight-storey hotel are meeting opposition because of the impact on nearby Wolfe Tone Park.

Irish Independent

Donnybrook hotel plan

A planning application has been lodged for a new six-storey hotel in the heart of Donnybrook at a prime Dublin 4 site associated with businessman Denis O’Brien.

Irish Times

Trump golf course coastal wall success

US President Donald Trump has been given the go-ahead by Clare County Council to build a coastal wall at his golf resort in Doonbeg, designed to control coastal erosion.

BBC News

Natural gas filling stations initiative

The development of 70 compressed natural gas filling stations in Ireland to service trucks, vans and buses has been announced.

Irish Times

Greenlight for Dublin reservoir

An Bord Pleanála has given Irish Water permission to construct a new €80 million covered reservoir at Stillorgan in County Dublin, following an appeal over a planning condition.

Irish Times

Vacancy stats

A report reveals that 95,114 properties are vacant across Ireland, a figure that equates to 4.8 per cent of the national residential housing stock.

Irish Times

Home adaptions urged

Adapting houses to enable people to live in them for longer must become part of the government’s home-care plans, according to advocacy organisation for older people Age Action.

Irish Times

Further delay for Cork incinerator

An Bord Pleanála has deferred its decision on the development of a €160 million incinerator in Cork Harbour for the ninth time.

Irish Times

Further delays for Dublin’s College Green scheme

The development of a €10 million civic plaza at Dublin’s College Green is facing further delays following the postponement of next week’s An Bord Pleanála hearing because of mistakes in newspaper notices indicating additional environmental information about the impact of the scheme.

Irish Times

Nama homes boost

Builders funded by the National Asset Management Agency hope to get permission to build a further 8,500 new homes this year, according to its latest annual review.

Irish Times

Public transport on the up

The number of passenger journeys on public transport increased by 7 per cent last year, according to statistics published by the National Transport Authority

Irish Times