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Ireland round-up: University of Limerick eyes up city centre campus; Councils under fire over housing and regeneration foot-dragging

Words: Roger Milne
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A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 2 November-8 November, 2019

University of Limerick eyes up city centre campus

The University of Limerick has unveiled proposals to develop a campus in the heart of Limerick city.

The Planner

Councils under fire over housing and regeneration foot-dragging

John Moran, the interim chairman of the Land Development Agency, has criticised local authorities for failing to draw down hundreds of millions of euros of government funding designed to help tackle the housing crisis and promote urban regeneration.

Irish Times

Cork offices approved

Developer Michael O’Flynn has secured planning permission for further office accommodation amounting to 12,077 square metres of floorspace  on the last remaining commercial site at Park Place in Cork’s Eastgate Retail and Business Park.

Irish Times

Rural development funding moves

Minister for rural and community development Michael Ring has announced that 156 rural towns and villages across the country are set to benefit from €15 million in funding under the 2019 Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

Irish Government

Dublin Airport appeal

A residents’ group living near Dublin Airport has lodged a planning appeal which, if successful, could result in the demolition of a €22 million passenger boarding facility which opened only two years ago.

Irish Times

Latest twist over O’Devaney Gardens saga

Under the ‘new deal’ struck between the Dublin Agreement Group of councillors and developer Bartra Capital for social housing at the  O’Devaney Gardens scheme will require extra funding of upwards of €60 million, it has emerged.

Irish Independent

Funding boost for 500 new homes

The government’s new housing finance agency, Home Building Finance Ireland, has approved over €100 million in funding for the construction of over 500 new homes across the State in its first nine months.

Irish Times

Key rural tourism initiatives backed

Government approval of €16.3 million in funding for four projects designed to develop rural tourism has been welcomed by Fáilte Ireland, the country’s  tourism development organisation.

Irish Times

Clerys hotel conversion in the capital on the increase

The developers of the former Clerys department store on O’Connell Street in Dublin have secured planning permission for a larger hotel than originally proposed on the site.

Irish Times