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13/11/2020

Ireland round-up: State commits €110m for pivotal Waterford development; Greenways funding boost

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 7 November-13 November, 2020

State commits €110m for pivotal Waterford development

The Irish Government has announced funding of €110 million for Waterford’s North Quays development, currently the state’s ‘largest urban regeneration project’.

The Planner

Greenways funding boost

Over €63 million has been allocated in funding to improve and expand greenways around Ireland in 2021, including a new greenway bridge across the River Shannon in Athlone, ministers announced this week.

Irish Government

‘Use it or lose it’ legislation in prospect

Legislation for a “use it or lose it” provision, which would stop developers from hoarding planning permissions, is being drafted by the Department of Housing, officials have confirmed to an Oireachtas committee, which heard that just under 30 per cent of fast-track approvals had been activated. The fast-track regime was due to end next year but has been extended until February 2022 because of planning delays caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Irish Times

Fast-track schemes for County Wicklow and Swords

The latest crop of fast-track applications to An Bord Pleanála include developer Drumakill’s proposals to build 232 new homes on the lands of the former Carmelite monastery in the County Wicklow village Delgany and a 278-flat development at Fosterstown in Swords, County Fingal.

Irish Independent

Dublin Bay offshore wind array consultation

The developers of a large €1.5 billion offshore wind farm known as the Dublin Array, proposed for outer Dublin Bay and stretching south beyond Bray Head, have started a public exercise in advance of completing a planning application. The scheme is likely to have a significant impact on the seascape.

Irish Times

Wexford Hospital fast-track extension

Work is due to get under way soon on a new extension to the emergency department at Wexford General Hospital, which has been approved under the emergency legislation that fast-tracks development of medical facilities in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Irish Independent

Hemp licensing on a high

The number of hemp-growing licences issued to farmers this year has hit 94, up from 74 over the whole of 2019, as more farmers seek to grow the cannabinoid crop.

Irish Independent

Cork docklands initiative

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has welcomed the establishment of a new office to oversee the development of the Cork docklands by the city council and the Land Development Agency.

Irish Times

Go-ahead for Ring of Kerry greenway

An Bord Pleanála has given the go-ahead for the 32-kilometre Ring of Kerry greenway on a disused railway line between Glenbeigh and Renard near Cahersiveen.

Irish Times

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