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Ireland round-up: Regional reorganisation will increase council involvement, Climate Bill published

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 17 January-23 January, 2015

Regional shake-up will increase council involvement in economic development

Alan Kelly, environment and local government minister, has unveiled local government reforms designed to ensure that local authorities play a more pivotal role in economic development. 

The Planner 

Minister Kelly publishes Climate Bill

Environment minister Alan Kelly has formally published the government’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015, which will require adaptation measures from all sectors including the built environment and local authorities. 

Irish Government 

Part V, vacant land and ‘use it or use it’ changes may not address housing needs

Professional planners and representatives of the construction industry have been quizzed by members of the Irish Parliament’s Joint Committee on environment, culture and the Gaeltacht over the government’s proposed Planning and Development Bill. 

Irish Planning Institute 

Proposal for Ireland's most expensive house shot down

An Bord Pleanala has overturned a decision to allow a Cypriot company permission to renovate and extend Walford, an Edwardian-era property that was sold for €58 million in 2005, making it the Republic’s most expensive home. There were proposals to build four other homes in the grounds of the 1.8-acre property on Dublin’s Shrewsbury Road.


Wexford’s coastline is shrinking

County Wexford’s coastline is rapidly disappearing, losing a metre each year because of erosion.

Wexford People 

Cycling network plan for Cork Metropolitan area

Cork City & Cork County Councils have announced that they are preparing a cycling network plan for the Cork metropolitan area.

Cork City Council 

Minister Kelly announces review of local government arrangements In Galway

Local government minister Alan Kelly has announced a review of local government arrangements in Galway, including the potential for a city and county merger. 

Environment Community and Local Government