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06/03/2020

Ireland round-up: Significant improvement in An Bord Pleanála casework handling; Go-ahead for huge Limerick office scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 29 February-6 March, 2020

Significant improvement in An Bord Pleanála casework handling

An Bord Pleanála’s end-of-year summary of casework statistics for 2019, just published, has highlighted a significant improvement in performance.

The Planner

Go-ahead for huge Limerick office scheme

Limerick City and County Council have welcomed An Bord Pleanála’s decision to approve mixed-use proposals for the 1.6-hectare Opera site in Limerick city centre, the largest inner-city commercial development outside of Dublin. It features a 14-storey tower as the centrepiece of a 41,800 square metre office campus.

Limerick City Council

Howth homes approved

Developer Crekav’s proposals for 177 flats at the old Baily Court Hotel in Howth village have been approved by An Bord Pleanála less than two months since the High Court quashed permission for a smaller scheme at the site.

Irish Times

Green light for Portmarnock housing

US private equity group Lone Star’s Quintain Ireland property development arm has secured fast-track approval from An Bord Pleanála to build 153 homes in Portmarnock in north County Dublin.

Irish Times

Bono school row

Best-selling author Sheila O'Flanagan has appealed against Dublin City Council’s approval of a new three-storey facility designed to accommodate 1,000 students at Bono's old secondary school, Mount Temple School, on Malahide Road, Clontarf.

Irish Independent

Galway hotel appeal succeeds

Galway’s Hotel Meyrick has successfully appealed against the city council’s rejection of its plans to add an extra 19 bedrooms.  

Irish Times

Cork wind farm ruffles feathers

Cork county councillors have voted to oppose plans for a 22-turbine wind farm on a section of the council’s mothballed ‘super dump’ at Bottlehill.

Irish Independent

Wind power makes waves

Wind power supplied almost a third of the republic’s energy needs last year after 24 new wind farms were connected, reveals a report from the sector’s lobby group.

Irish Times

Dublin homes rezoning move paused

The rezoning of old industrial lands across the capital for up to 3,500 homes has been delayed by Dublin city councillors, following residents’ objections to the proposals. One scheme, at East Wall, has been shelved over concern that new homes could scupper the development of the Eastern Bypass under Sandymount strand.

Irish Times

Liffey cycle route approval

Dublin City councillors this week approved plans to begin the development of the Liffey cycle route, which was first proposed almost eight years ago.

Irish Times

Cinema for Dublin 2

An Bord Pleanála has upheld Dublin City Council’s approval for a two-screen cinema in the basement area of the One Molesworth Street in Dublin 2, which also houses the Ivy restaurant.

Irish Times

Dublin housing schemes appealed

A community group in Rathmines has appealed against Dublin City Council’s decision to give the go-ahead to a planned shared co-living 97-unit scheme for the area, and a residents’ group has taken similar action over the city council’s approval for a 63-flat development on a former car dealership site on the capital’s Merrion Road.

Irish Times

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