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06/09/2018

Ireland round-up: Revised EIA regime comes into force; Approval for Galway docklands office complex

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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 1 September-7 September, 2018.

Revised EIA regime comes into force

The government has published updated guidelines for planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála on carrying out environmental impact assessments (EIAs). New planning regulations have just come into force.

The Planner 

Approval for Galway docklands office complex

An Bord Pleanála has approved plans by local developer Gerry Barrett for a €100 million office complex providing some 26,000 square metres of floor space as well as retail units and student accommodation on a site overlooking Galway docks. 

Irish Times

2,000 homes planned for Dublin City Council sites

More than 2,000 affordable homes, which will be available for low and middle-income workers to buy, are to be built at 10 sites owned by Dublin City Council.

Irish Times

Webinar: Establishing Effective Engagement – Consultation in 2018

The Planner – in association with the developers of the community engagement platform Commonplace – are set to debate the best ways in which planners can manage truly effective consultation processes in a free webinar.

The Planner 

Move to rezone urban land for homes

Cork property developer Michael O’Flynn has urged the government to introduce an emergency measure that would involve allocating thousands of acres of unzoned land in urban areas designated as rent pressure zones for house building.

Irish Times

Inchicore redevelopment row

Fine Gael junior minister Catherine Byrne is seeking the support of Dublin city councillors to block the redevelopment of St Michael’s Estate in Inchicore for cost-rental and social housing on the grounds that the scheme is an overdevelopment of the site.

Irish Times

Cork pharma firm eyes expansion 
A leading drugs firm has confirmed the €40 million proposed expansion of its Cork plant outside Ringaskiddy.

Irish Independent

Powering up connections

National grid operator EirGrid has made offers to connect almost 1,000 megawatts of solar energy projects – enough for around 85,000 homes – to the electricity grid, along with another 400MW of battery storage.

Irish Independent

Kerry greenway land grab

Almost 200 landowners in County Kerry have been told that compulsory purchase orders will be used to acquire parts of their holdings because of a plan for a 32-kilometre greenway for cyclists. 

Irish Times

Builder on homes sites spending spree

Builder Glenveagh Properties has spent €479 million buying sites with the capacity for more than 11,000 new homes since it launched on the Irish stock market last October, the company revealed this week.

Irish Times

Clare County Council pauses motorway plaza plan
Clare County Council has put on hold contentious plans by fast-food firm Supermac’s to build a €10 million motorway plaza serving the Limerick-to-Galway motorway.

Irish Times

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