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Ireland round-up: Regeneration projects boosted by €165 million funding; Wexford hotel development approved

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 13 March-19 March, 2021

Major regeneration projects boosted by €165 million funding

The Irish Government has announced a further round of investment in a slew of large regeneration projects – this time across the north-west, south-east, and mid-east investment regions. Compact growth is a focus of this support.

The Planner

OPR publishes practice note

The Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has launched its first Practice Note (PN01), which provides information and guidance on appropriate assessment screening for development management.


Wexford hotel development approved

Three years after first submitting plans for a hotel development on a prominent disused site opposite Wexford Bridge, brothers Colm and Anthony Neville of CoAnt Developments have been given the green light by the county council to construct the landmark scheme that will include a 133-bedroom facility, 10 flats, shops, restaurants and an underground car park.

Irish Independent

Ronan wins planning tussle over Dublin hotel change of use

Developer Johnny Ronan has won his planning battle to have the hotel element of his 22-storey Aqua Vetro tower planned for Dublin’s quays removed and replaced with office floor space because An Bord Pleanála has overturned the refusal of Dublin City Council for the change of use application.

Irish Times

Dalkey nursing home refusal

Broadcaster Pat Kenny has been successful in his highly vocal opposition to Bartra Capital’s proposals for a five-storey, 104-bedroom nursing home on a site beside his home in Dalkey, County Dublin, which has been refused by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Irish Times

Officers warning over capital council housing company

Proposals by Dublin city councillors to set up a spin-off company to deliver social and affordable housing on public land could end up increasing the cost of housing, warns a report by the council’s management team.

Irish Times

HSE buys Blarney hotel for residential care facility

The HSE, Ireland’s NHS, has bought a well-known County Cork hotel in the village of Blarney, which it intends to convert into a public residential care facility for older people.

Irish Times

LDA spreads its wings

The Land Development Agency has announced proposals to open offices outside Dublin, starting with Cork and Limerick, with more bases outside the capital planned in the near future.

Land Development Agency