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Ireland round-up: Solar farm joint venture launched; Fast-track housing stats

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 4 January-10 January, 2020

Solar farm joint venture launched 

Danish group Obton and Irish company Shannon Energy have joined forces with plans to spend €300 million on developing an array of solar farms across Ireland.

The Planner

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Got something original to say and a burning desire to tell your fellow planners? We’re looking for four RTPI members to give five-minute speed presentations at The Planner Live on 29-30 June 2020.

The Planner

Fast-track housing stats

An Bord Pleanála approved 21 applications for fast-track housing schemes during the third quarter of 2019, which breaks down to 902 new homes, 2,956 flats and 1,469 build-to-rent units.

An Bord Pleanála

Dublin hotel extension approved

Planning permission has been granted for an extension to the Clarence Hotel in Dublin, which will almost double the number of rooms at the four-star hotel associated with U2.

Irish Times

Over the tracks scheme mooted for capital

A planning application to build above the Dart railway line in Dublin city centre as part of an 11-storey office and apartment rental scheme has been lodged with the city council.

Irish Times

Wicklow mansion plan triggers opposition

A new home planned by former Anglo Irish Bank chairman Seán FitzPatrick in Greystones, County Wicklow, has triggered opposition from neighbours.

Irish Times

Dublin injection facility wins appeal

Merchants Quay Ireland has been granted planning permission on appeal by An Bord Pleanála for the first medically supervised injection facility in Ireland at Dublin’s Riverbank Centre.

Irish Independent

Kildare retail struggle

The owners of Kildare Village are appealing against a recent decision of Kildare County Council to refuse planning permission for a large new unit for an anchor tenant at the retail outlet centre.

Irish Independent

Bigger Coolock flats complex?

Developers behind a controversial flats complex scheme at the former Chivers Jam factory site in Coolock, north Dublin, approved by An Bord Pleanála last August, want to add almost 80 more flats to the scheme. This would take the total to 200 more flats than originally proposed.

Irish Times

Fears over M11 upgrade

A proposed upgrade of the M11 motorway through County Wicklow would devastate some of the county’s most important protected buildings, historic gardens and landscapes, warns the Irish Georgian Society.

Irish Times

Gorey mini-arena makes the cut

Proposals for a 1,500-seater mini-arena, part of the Market House theatre and music venue project in Gorey, County Wexford, has finally secured funding after six years in the pipeline.

Irish Independent

Dublin airport schemes appraisal

The aviation regulator has earmarked a clutch of Dublin Airport infrastructure projects for assessment.

Irish Independent

Bray housing site sale

Developer Sean Mulryan's Ballymore firm has acquired a huge site with potential for 1,400 homes on the edge of Bray, County Wicklow.

Irish Independent

Backlash over Dublin office scheme

The Department of Culture has strongly objected to plans by a Larry Goodman family-backed company to demolish a group of historic buildings in Dublin city centre to make way for a new office development.

Irish Times

Go-ahead for Newcastle housing

Cairn Homes, one of the country’s largest housebuilders, has secured fast-track planning permission for a major new development to provide nearly 400 new homes on a 16-hectare site at Newcastle in south County Dublin.

Irish Times

Capital housing sites sell-off mooted

Dublin City Council chief executive Owen Keegan has revealed that he wants to sell off more than €100 million worth of council-owned sites originally earmarked for social housing to fund culture, sport and recreation projects in the capital.

Irish Times

Backing for Trinity College technology campus

The government is backing plans to part-fund a new €1 billion technology campus for Trinity College Dublin in the so-called Silicon Docks area of Dublin.

Irish Times

Thumbs down for Rathgar homes

Property developer Pat Crean has been refused planning permission following a third-party appeal for a small development of luxury homes in the upmarket Dublin suburb of Rathgar on several grounds – including its low density.

Irish Independent

Stud farms under threat from quarry

The future of several major stud farms in County Kildare has come under threat from the proposed development of a 32-hectare quarry near Kilcullen, according to leading figures in the horse racing industry.

Irish Independent