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04/05/2018

Ireland round-up: Tussle over key vacant Dublin sites; Land grab plan confirmed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 28 April-4 May, 2018

Tussle over key vacant Dublin sites

State agency Horse Racing Ireland is embroiled in a wrangle with a local authority over land it owns at Leopardstown in Dublin.

The Planner

Land grab plan confirmed

Private land in towns and cities close to essential services including public transport will be acquired by the state to build affordable homes, housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy confirmed this week.

Irish Independent

Taoiseach requests Metrolink route change

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that he has asked the National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland to move the MetroLink route away from Na Fianna GAA club and Home Farm soccer club, as well as many schools, following mounting concern over the impact of the scheme on the community in the Glasnevin area of Dublin.

Irish Times

Dublin city centre project approved

Tetrarch Capital, a Dublin-based real estate investor, has received planning permission for a significant project in Dublin city centre involving a 393-bedroom budget hotel, a 202-unit aparthotel, a large ground-floor restaurant and a block of 21 flats.

Irish Times

State’s housing land stats

The state owns or controls enough zoned land to build 114,000 dwellings – half of which could be social housing, according to the latest figures collated by architect and housing policy expert Mel Reynolds.

Irish Times

Council doubtful of proposed Dublin office block

Dublin City Council has flagged ‘very serious concerns’ over plans by the Goodman family for a €100 million city centre office development and put them on hold, citing issues relating to the proposal’s overall height, scale, bulk and massing.

Irish Independent

Minister talks up role for ‘cost rental’ housing schemes

A ‘cost rental’ housing scheme that has been used in cities across Europe for decades will be a key part of the government’s plan for an Irish rental sector, housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy has insisted.

Irish Times

Monaghan gold strike

Natural resource exploration company Conroy Gold has announced the discovery of a further ‘extensive’ gold zone from its ongoing drilling programme at Clontibret in County Monaghan.

Irish Independent

Kilkenny mine set to reopen

Galmoy Mines in north Kilkenny is set to reopen for zinc extraction now a mining company has applied to resume operations at the facility.

Irish Independent

Dublin office block refused

Developer Gerry Conlon has been refused permission by the city council to turn a five-storey office block opposite the former Central Bank in Dublin into a pub.

Irish Independent

Green light for Meath and Monaghan energy storage schemes

Dublin-based Highfield Energy Services has received notification of intention to grant planning permission from both Meath and Monaghan county councils for two energy storage projects that, if built, could deliver 70 megawatts of capacity.

Irish Independent

Cork solar power farms approved

An Bord Pleanála has rubber-stamped decisions by Cork County Council to give the green light to two 5-megawatt solar farms in the Castlelyons area.  

Irish Independent

Housing scheme monitoring project kicks off (pdf)

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has introduced an ICT monitoring system called Pathfinder, which will provide data to the department on both Major Urban Housing Development Sites and Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund projects.

Irish Government

€1 billion flood protection programme gets under way

A 10-year €1 billion flood risk management plan, unveiled this week, will involve 118 individual flood relief projects throughout the country with schemes to protect Dundalk, Tralee, Limerick, Carlingford and Drogheda due get under way immediately.

Irish Independent

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