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Ireland round-up: Transport strategy for greater Dublin is approved; Longford barracks development process begins

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 2 April-8 April, 2016

Transport strategy for greater Dublin is approved

A €10.3 billion plan for the development of transport infrastructure across the greater Dublin area for the next 20 years has been approved by the caretaker government and published by the area’s National Transport Authority.

The Planner

RTPI seeking two volunteers

The RTPI is seeking two volunteers to represent it at the European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP-CEU).


State flood-risk group ‘failed to meet for six years’

A report from the state spending watchdog has found that almost €330 million has been spent on flood defences over the past 10 years without the necessary evidence to demonstrate that best value is being achieved.

Irish Independent

Longford barracks development process begins

Longford County Council has signalled the start of the process to redevelop part of Longford following the appointment of property agent Colliers to manage the regeneration initiative. This will involve the former Connolly Barracks as well as a vacant 10,000 square metre shopping centre nearby.

Irish Independent

Approval granted for Frascati Shopping Centre extension

Planning permission has been granted by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for a major extension to the Frascati Shopping Centre in Blackrock. The existing centre has a floor area of 10,239 square metres and is to be expanded to just over 16,000 sq m following its part-demolition and extension.

Irish Times

Green light for plan to build Dublin’s tallest office block

Plans for Dublin’s tallest office block, a 73-metre high building called the Exo at the Point Village, situated on the northside entrance to the city’s docklands, have been granted permission by Dublin City Council.

Irish Times

Dublin council raises concerns over Liffey Valley expansion

South Dublin County Council has raised serious concerns over the increased traffic that would result from plans for a major expansion of the Liffey Valley shopping centre in Dublin, which include a new Olympic-size ice rink.

Irish Times

Ireland missing EU targets for electric cars by a mile

Sales of electric vehicles will have to increase 100-fold if Ireland is to meet EU targets to reduce energy consumption and emissions, according to a report from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

Irish Independent

Minister Coffey announces probe into problems in concrete blocks at Donegal and Mayo

Housing minister Paudie Coffey has announced the membership of the expert panel that is being established to investigate the problems that have emerged in the concrete block work of certain dwellings in Donegal and Mayo.

Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government

Dublin Airport faces flight-time battle over runway

The owner of Dublin Airport has confirmed plans to press ahead with building a second runway given 10-year consent back in 2007. However, it has signalled that it wants to see conditions on numbers and timing of night flights relaxed.

Irish Independent

Johnny Ronan set to get green light for €200m Ballsbridge block plan

The way could soon be clear for Dublin City Council to give developer Johnny Ronan planning permission for a €200 million office block development at Ballsbridge.

Irish Independent

Public makes over 200 submissions on ‘no fry zone’

The vast majority of submissions over the draft Wicklow County Development Plan centre on proposals for an exclusion zone for fast-food restaurants near schools.

Irish Independent

Council agrees to reduce by 300 mm parts of Clontarf sea wall

Dublin City Council has agreed to reduce two parts of the controversial Clontarf sea wall by 300 mm.

The Irish Times