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Ireland round-up: Proposed law change would require affordable homes quota in new development; EPA calls for bolder greenhouse gas reduction measures

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 19 June-25 June, 2021

Proposed law change would require affordable homes quota in new development

Media reports this week indicate that the Irish cabinet is backing a law change that will double the percentage of social and affordable houses in any development.

The Planner

Nominate your 2022 RTPI vice-president

The nominations are open for the 2021 RTPI elections, including for next year’s vice-president.

The Planner

EPA calls for bolder greenhouse gas reduction measures

A “significant and immediate increase” in the scale and pace of greenhouse gas emission reductions is required if Ireland is to have any chance of meeting demanding targets in the government’s climate bill, warns the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Environmental Protection Agency

ABP rejects fast-track scheme in south Dublin

An Bord Pleanála (ABP) has refused publican Charlie Chawke’s contentious plan for a fast-tracked €186 million flat complex on the site of the publican’s Goat bar and grill in south Dublin.

Irish Times

Capital top tower scheme lodged

Ruirside Developments, a part of developer Joe O’Reilly’s Castlethorn and Chartered Land Group, has lodged a revised planning application with An Bord Pleanála for the development of a 30-storey residential tower at Parkgate Street in Dublin’s inner-city. The proposed tower, which would be the tallest residential property in the capital, represents the final element of the wider mixed-use scheme earmarked for land known locally as ‘Hickey’s site’.

Irish Times

Green light for Ballsbridge co-living

An Bord Pleanála (ABP) has given its approval for a contentious €25 million co-living scheme in Ballsbridge by leading property developer, Bartra Property, despite its own planning inspector’s conclusion that it would be a “substandard” development. The board had rejected a third-party appeal by residents who objected to the decision by Dublin City Council to approve the project.

Irish Times

Drogheda data centre okayed

A second 48-megawatt data centre proposed by Amazon at the IDA Business and Technology Park in Drogheda has been approved by Meath County Council.

Irish Independent

OPR issues EIA practice note

The Office of the Planning Regulator has launched its second practice note, which covers environmental impact assessment screening.

Office of the Planning Regulator

Fewer social homes

The number of social homes delivered by Ireland’s housing associations during 2020 fell by almost 20 per cent compared with the previous year. The sector provided 3,312 units, 42 per cent of the national total.

Irish Times

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