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Ireland round-up: Skyscraper application knocked back; Key climate change bill reviewed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 31 October-6 November, 2020

Ireland’s tallest skyscraper knocked back

Proposals for the state’s tallest building, a 28-storey hotel close to Castleknock in Dublin, have been rejected by Fingal County Council.

The Planner

Key climate change bill reviewed

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Action this week completed its pre-legislative scrutiny of the government’s new climate change bill designed to accelerate the energy transition, curbing carbon emissions to an average 7 per cent per annum reduction from 2021 to 2030, and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. More here on the Pinsent Masons website.

The Oireachtas and Pinsent Masons

Capital co-living bedroom concern

Serious concern has been expressed by Dublin City Council planners about the size of bedrooms in a 100-bed co-living development in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, which has triggered a significant number of objections.

Irish Times

County Wicklow offshore wind farm expansion

Public consultation is now under way into SSE Renewables’ proposed expansion of its Arklow Bank wind farm, located off the County Wicklow coast, with 76 offshore wind turbines.

Irish Independent

Pharma giant Pfizer jobs promise

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has announced a €300 million investment in Ireland, which will see jobs added at three of its manufacturing sites – Grange Castle, Newbridge and Ringaskiddy.

Irish Times

Latest proposals for Dublin’s College Green plaza

Plans to double the size of the proposed College Green plaza, extending the traffic-free zone to South Great George’s Street, have been published by Dublin City Council. Meanwhile, in a separate but related development, cars are set to be permanently banned from several areas around Grafton Street following successful pedestrianisation and outdoor seating trials during the summer.

Irish Times