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Ireland round-up: Waterways Ireland looks to boost camping and glamping; Celtic Interconnector powers on

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 21 May-27 May, 2022

Waterways Ireland looks to boost camping and glamping

Waterways Ireland is considering developing an extensive network of camping and glamping sites and pitches for camper vans and motorhomes on the banks of rivers, lakes and canals across the Irish Republic as well as in Northern Ireland.

The Planner

Cork big pharma project outlined

Healthcare giant Merck is planning a major €440 million investment to expand its Cork-based manufacturing facilities in a move that will involve increasing its membrane manufacturing capacity in Carrigtwohill and building a manufacturing facility at Blarney Business Park. The process should create more than 370 new jobs.

Irish Times

Celtic Interconnector powers on

State-owned EirGrid has confirmed that An Bord Pleanála has approved the Irish section of the Celtic Interconnector, the €1 billion power line project linking the Republic with France. The power line will carry 700 megawatts of power between Cork and Brittany. The consented scheme includes the cable route; its landfall in Youghal, County Cork; converter station; network connection; and associated equipment.

Irish Times

Marine plan consultation report

The government has published a detailed report on the consultation process that underpinned the preparation of the country’s first national marine plan, which highlights the changes made to the blueprint during its gestation.

Irish Government

County Wicklow homes

Wicklow County Council has given consent for the construction of 57 new homes at Rockfield in Newtownmountkennedy.

Irish Independent

Sinéad O’Connor’s Bray home could become flats

BBA Architecture, on behalf of Rachel Carthy, has lodged a planning application to convert ‘Montebello’, the former Bray seafront home of singer Sinéad O’Connor, into five flats. The change-of-use application includes the construction of a three-storey extension to the rear of the existing Victorian property.

Irish Independent

Education department voices concern over fast-track housing schemes

The Department of Education has emerged as an objector to plans for four fast-track housing schemes promising a combined total of more than 2,700 new homes  in south Dublin, north Dublin, and Cork. The department is concerned that there will not be enough school places to meet demand from the incoming families.

Irish Times and Irish Independent

Opposition grows over Dundrum development

More than 700 objections have been lodged against a €466 million, fast-track 881-unit flats complex that property giant Hammerson is proposing to build in Dundrum. The scheme includes a “landmark” 16-storey residential tower at the northernmost point of the site.

Irish Times

OPR declines opportunity to discuss BTR issues with capital planners

Planning regulator Niall Cussen has declined an invitation to a Dublin City Council meeting to explain his office’s stance on build-to-rent schemes in the city. The Office of the Planning Regulator has clashed with the council and chief executive Owen Keegan over the council’s plans for build-to-rent restrictions in the forthcoming city development plan.

Irish Times

New Cork park opens

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has officially opened Cork’s newest park, an amenity that will be equivalent in size to Dublin Zoo when the second phase of Marina Park is completed.

Irish Times

Dublin’s Capel Street goes car-free

The car dominance of Dublin’s Capel Street has come to an end as it becomes the latest – and longest – traffic-free street in the city. All car parking has been removed from the street and through-traffic has been banned.

Irish Times

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