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Ireland round-up: Social housing programme kicks off, plan to exempt new homes from building rules

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 2 May-8 May, 2015

Social housing programme kicks off

The government has announced plans to build 1,700 housing units in the first phase of its ambitious countrywide €3.8 billion social housing programme.

The Planner

RTPI appoints new commercial and corporate services director 

Phil Pluck has joined the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as commercial and corporate services director.

The Planner

Radical plan to exempt new homes from building rules

Housing extensions and one-off homes will be exempt from tough new building regulations to prevent shoddy work under proposals being considered by the government.


Minister for finance launches Living City Initiative

Finance minister Michael Noonan has launched the Living City Initiative - a new urban regeneration scheme offering property relief in the historic centres of Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick and Waterford.

Irish Government News Services

Galway bypass route decided

The final route of the controversial Galway bypass has been revealed.


‘Weak’ climate change bill will hit investor confidence

A new law that seeks to make Ireland a low-carbon economy is “critically weak” and will fail to inspire “investor confidence”, environmental experts have warned.


Upcoming Development Plan deadlines for submissions

A number of important deadlines for development plans in the Leinster area are near. They are:

• Draft Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Development Plan 2016-2022 (11 May);

• Review of Fingal Development Plan 2017-2023 (15 May); and

• Review of Kildare County Development Plan 2011-2017 (29 May).

Irish Planning News