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Ireland round-up: Upswing in strategic housing proposals; Planning complaint over motorway services company

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 20 April-26 April, 2019

Upswing in strategic housing proposals

An Bord Pleanála is facing a surge in applications for strategic housing developments. This week it announced that it had received 24 applications for fast-track handling in the first three months of the year.

The Planner

Crowdfunding initiative awarded RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup

Plymouth City Council’s pioneering community infrastructure initiative that embraces crowdfunding technology has won the RTPI’s top prize at this year’s Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Planner

Planning complaint over motorway services company

A complaint alleging that fuel retailer and motorway services company Applegreen has improperly used planning rules to win advantage over rivals has been lodged with the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

Irish Times

Former TD's plans for new home stopped in tracks over safety fears

Plans by former TD James Breen to build a one-off home on his land in County Clare have been stopped in their tracks by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, which has objected because of road safety issues.

Irish Independent

Cork site search for interconnector scheme

EirGrid has begun consulting on sites for both the landfall in East Cork for its flagship 700MW Celtic Interconnector project as well as the location for a convertor station required for the link between the Irish and French electricity grids via a 500-kilometre submarine cable.

EirGrid Group

Donnybrook pub conversion blocked

One of Dublin's best-known pubs will keep serving pints for the time being, after plans to turn McCloskey’s in Donnybrook into a residential-led mixed-use development were refused by An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Independent

Phoenix Park makeover

Dublin’s Phoenix Park is facing its most significant change in decades, with plans for new visitor attractions including a funicular, a driverless shuttle-bus, and a train station proposed by the Office of Public Works.

Irish Times

Housing figures published

Property completions increased in the first quarter of this year but growth in the number of new homes being built could slow, according to a report from Goodbody stockbrokers.

Irish Times

Capital’s electric bike boost

Cycling through Dublin is about to become easier than ever with the roll-out of up to 300 electric bikes.

Irish Independent

River Barrow walk and cycleway path blocked

An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for a 115-kilometre walk and cycleway along the River Barrow, which would have seen the existing grassy towpath replaced by a hard surface.

Irish Times