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Ireland round-up: Refusal of peat-fired power station project threatens jobs; Dublin council U-turn over social homes planning

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 20 July-26 July, 2019

Refusal of peat-fired power station project threatens jobs

Power company ESB’s plans to transition from burning peat in three power stations in the midlands region to fuelling them with biomass are in disarray and jobs are threatened.

The Planner 

Dublin council U-turn over social homes planning

Dublin City Council has confirmed to The Planner that it has dropped plans to use emergency powers to build more than 120 social homes without seeking planning permission on two sites on the south side of the city. It will instead go through the normal planning process for council developments.

Irish Times

Jim Mackinnon to review tree planting regime

Jim Mackinnon, former chief planner with the Scottish Government, has been commissioned by the Irish administration to review the State’s forestry planting application regime after he undertook a similar exercise for Scottish ministers.

Irish Times

Co-living project mooted for Dublin 1

Irish developer Mm Capital has teamed up with international shared residential operator SQRE Living with proposals for a new 132-bedroom co-living development at 39-42 Hill Street, backing on to North Great George's Street, in Dublin 1.

Irish Independent

Gold search in Wicklow slag

Irish-listed mining company IMC plans to seek gold in slag heaps left over from old mines in the Wicklow mountains.

Irish Independent

Dublin airport noise complaints soar

Several repeat objectors are responsible for an almost-tenfold increase in complaints about noise from aircrafts using Dublin Airport in the first half of 2019.

Irish Times

Solar farms approved in County Cork and County Kilkenny

An Bord Pleanála has approved two solar farm projects: a 14-megawatt (MW) plant in County Cork that will be built by Terra Solar and a six MW project in County Kilkenny that will be developed by a subsidiary of French utility giant Engie.

Irish Independent

Broadcaster loses fight over Dalkey development

Broadcaster Pat Kenny and his wife Kathy have lost their battle against flats being built on a site beside their Dalkey home.

Irish Independent

Broadband rollout date announced

The government has said that the rollout of the state-subsidised National Broadband Plan will commence between October and December this year.

Irish Independent

Proposals for Dublin hospital scheme submitted

Plans for a €50 million hospital for north Dublin with an urgent care centre and 40 beds have been lodged with Fingal County Council for a site north of Dublin Airport next to Swords Airside Retail Park.

Irish Times

Trial run for traffic-free College Green

Dublin’s College Green was given over to pedestrians and cyclists last weekend in the first trial run of the traffic-free civic plaza plan since its rejection last year by An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Times

New Dublin cultural quarter on the slide

Ambitious plans to redevelop Parnell Square as a new cultural quarter for the capital are in disarray over problems with securing financial backing for the scheme, which was a catalyst for the regeneration of the north inner city.

Irish Times