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Ireland round-up: Planning regulator urges minister to quash Cork plan variation; Boost for outdoor recreation schemes

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 22 February-28 February, 2020

Planning regulator urges minister to quash Cork plan variation

Planning regulator Niall Cussen has flexed his muscles for the first time by recommending that housing and urban development minister Damien English should quash a recent variation to the Cork County Development Plan, designed to facilitate a €100 million ‘tourist outlet village’.

The Planner

Mixed opinions for Cork fast-track flats

Developer Longview Estates’ fast-track proposals to build more than 750 new homes on the outskirts of Cork have been backed by the city’s Chamber of Commerce and its Business Association – but have run into opposition from residents.

Irish Times

Greystone housing approved

An Bord Pleanála has overruled the objections of Wicklow County Council and granted planning permission to builder Cairn Homes to construct 354 homes on a 9.5-hectare site at Greystones.

Irish Times

Boost for outdoor recreation schemes

More than 40 outdoor recreational projects, such as cycleways and walking trails, will benefit from €8.4 million in state funding announced by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Irish Times

Galway office scheme blocked

An Bord Pleanála has upheld the city council’s decision to reject development proposals for a seven-storey office block that would have incorporated a new children’s library on St Augustine Street in Galway, together with a substantial renovation and expansion of the adjoining Hynes Building.

Irish Times

Blarney appeal challenge fails

The owner of one of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions – Blarney Castle in Cork – has failed to halt proposals for a 120-bed nursing home and housing development just two kilometres away, which An Bord Pleanála has approved.

Irish Independent

Dublin bike-hire investment

BleeperBike, the Dublin-based bike-sharing scheme, has received a €250,000 investment from Enterprise Ireland as it plans to roll out up to 200 electric bicycles in the capital in the coming months.

Irish Independent

National Development Plan changes in prospect?

Fianna Fáil and the Green Party have discussed a potential revision of the government’s National Development Plan, which commits to a multibillion-euro investment in road projects around the country as the political parties continue negotiations to form a new government.

Irish Times