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Ireland round-up: Slew of fast-track housing schemes surface; Major Dublin docklands office scheme

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 16 November-22 November, 2019

Slew of fast-track housing schemes surface

There has been a surge in proposals for major housing projects that are taking advantage of the republic’s fast-track planning regime.

The Planner

Major Dublin docklands office scheme

One of the country’s biggest landlords, Kennedy Wilson, has submitted a planning application for a major office complex providing 36,230 square metres of floor space in Dublin's North Docklands.

Irish Independent

Broadband initiative under way

Leo Varadkar hailed the “biggest investment in rural Ireland ever” as he announced the signing this week of the contract for the €3 billion National Broadband Plan. It will see high-speed fibre broadband connections brought to over half a million remote homes and premises over the next seven years.

Irish Times

Capital hotel tit for tat

A planning row has erupted between the developers of two new hotels in the Markets area of Dublin's north inner city with tit-for-tat objections to their rival plans.

Irish Independent

Pioneering affordable housing project starts in Cork

Work has begun on the country’s first affordable purchase housing scheme, which is being developed on a five-hectare site at Mayfield in Cork. It will initially involve some 153 new homes.

Cork City Council

Bewley Café planning rumble

Johnny Ronan's property group has warned that the viability of the Bewley's Café building on Grafton Street is under threat from restrictive planning rules covering uses for vacant upper floors of the historic landmark.

Irish Independent

War of words over O’Devaney housing development

The war of words between government ministers and Dublin City Council has escalated, with claims that the public has been misled over the number of affordable units at the O’Devaney Gardens site, the major housing scheme in the capital that has become mired in controversy and confusion.

Irish Independent    

Top tower on the up

Developer Johnny Ronan has secured planning permission to add another floor to the capital’s tallest permitted building, the planned AquaVetro tower overlooking the Liffey at Tara Street.

Irish Independent