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Ireland round-up: Planning regulator calls for changes to Naas local plan; More rent pressure zones named

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 29 June-5 July, 2019

Irish planning regulator calls for changes to Naas local plan

The state’s new planning regulator has urged Kildare County Council to make alterations to its draft Naas local area plan.

The Planner

Universities seek views on planning

Queen’s University Belfast, Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University have begun a project to find out the experiences of stakeholder engagement in planning systems in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales.

The Planner

More rent pressure zones named

The government has announced a significant expansion of its rent pressure zone (RPZ) regime as it named Athlone, Dundalk, Portaloise and parts of both Limerick and Waterford among 19 new zones where rents cannot be increased by more than 4 per cent a year.

Irish Government

Go-ahead for fast-track schemes in Drogheda and Galway

An Bord Pleanála has approved two more strategic housing developments under the fast-track regime: a project providing 674 student bed spaces at the National University of Ireland’s Northern Campus at Dangan, Galway; and a scheme involving 94 new homes and 156 flats at Bryanstown, Drogheda, County Meath.

An Bord Pleanála

Doubling up for Dublin hotel?

Paddy McKillen Jnr and Matt Ryan’s Press Up Entertainment have lodged plans to almost double the bedroom capacity of the four-star Clarence Hotel in Dublin.

Irish Independent

Council vehicle fleets fail the green test

Less than 2 per cent of local authority vehicles are electric or hybrid while no common policy exists on ‘greening‘ council fleets, shows data obtained from across the country.

Irish Times

Bird population fears

Irish bird populations are in dramatic decline, with the loss of habitats decimating populations and putting the state’s biodiversity at risk, an Oireachtas committee has been told by conservation group Birdwatch Ireland.

Irish Times

Dalkey development approved

A controversial development involving luxury homes, flats and a café at the scenic south Dublin fishing harbour at Dalkey has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Times

Short-term letting moves

New short-term letting rules came into force this week which mean more people and landlords who rent out homes must either register with the local authority or apply for change-of-use planning permission.

Irish Government