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Ireland round-up: Regulator cold-shoulders local employment policy for Tallaght local area plan; Flats overtake new home permissions

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 14 March-20 March, 2020

Regulator cold-shoulders local employment policy for Tallaght local area plan

The planning watchdog recommends that South Dublin County Council should drop a local area plan proposal that would compel developers of new building projects in Tallaght to use local construction workers.

The Planner

Flats overtake new home permissions

Last year for the first time ever more flats than houses were approved in the Republic, according to the latest annual figures compiled by the Central Statistics Office.

Central Statistics Office

Demolition of historic Dublin houses probed

The demolition of a terrace of historic houses owned by St James’s Hospital in Dublin is under investigation by the city council amid concern that the work was undertaken without planning permission.

Irish Times

Mallow castle makeover

Councillors have approved the latest phase of an ambitious masterplan to transform the grounds of Mallow Castle in north Cork with the construction of an adventure playground and the restoration of a network of walled gardens within the castle grounds.

Irish Independent

County Kildare fast-track housing blocked

An Bord Pleanála has refused Westar Investments Ltd planning permission for a ‘fast-track’ planning application for 305 new homes at Clane, County Kildare.

Irish Independent

Refusal for Donnybrook hotel

Plans by one of Munster’s leading hotel groups to break into the Dublin market have suffered a major setback after its proposal for a €50 million five-star facility on the site of the former St Mary’s College in Donnybrook was rejected by Dublin City Council. 

Irish Independent

Doonbeg sea wall decision prompts fears

Locals fear that the Trump Organization may pull out of Doonbeg now that An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for the County Clare golf resort to build a sea wall to protect the course from coastal erosion.

Irish Times

Green light for 564 fast-track Sandyford flats 

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead to fast-track proposals to construct 564 build-to-rent flats on a former Aldi site in Sandyford in south Dublin.

Irish Times

Go-ahead for Cork events centre

An Bord Pleanála has approved planning permission for an €80 million, 6,000-seat event centre on the site of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery in Cork City.

Irish Times