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Ireland round-up: Work proceeds on seven Irish offshore wind projects; Revised Wexford fast-track development

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 16 May-22 May, 2020

Work proceeds on seven Irish offshore wind projects

Irish ministers have designated seven offshore wind schemes as so-called ‘relevant projects’.

The Planner

Revised Wexford fast-track development

An Bord Pleanála is considering a fresh fast-track application from a Wexford developer for a residential development of 413 new homes on a 14-hectare site at Carcur, on the outskirts of Wexford, overlooking the Slaney Estuary. A previous scheme was refused because of flooding problems.

Irish Independent

Kerry CC criticised over failure to implement Irish language condition 

Kerry County Council has been criticised for failing to implement a condition attached to An Bord Pleanála’s planning permission for a housing development in Baile that required 75 per cent of owners or long-term tenants of the homes to demonstrate fluency in the Irish language.

Irish Times

Heightened coastal flooding risk 

More than 70,000 Irish addresses will be at heightened risk of coastal flooding by 2050 as a result of climate change, according to mapping and data analysis of vulnerable coastal locations by Gamma Location Intelligence, a company that evaluates risk for local authorities and insurance companies. Properties in Clare, Dublin, Limerick, Louth and Galway are the most vulnerable.

Irish Times

Aldi lines up new stores for Shannon and Limerick

Retailer Aldi is proposing to build two new stores – one in Shannon and the other in the centre of Limerick city.

Irish Independent

South East Greenway stays on track

The 24-kilometre South East Greenway connecting New Ross with Waterford is ‘on track’ for completion in late 2021. It is one of only a handful of similar projects that has not been delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Irish Independent

Cork pedestrianisation progress

Cork is pressing ahead with proposals to pedestrianise many of its streets and provide additional cycling facilities as part of the city’s strategy to enable social distancing as the republic’s second biggest city emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown. 

Irish Times

Development plan participation update

The Office of the Planning Regulator has reported that Louth, Westmeath, Cork County and Roscommon County Councils have all now confirmed the extension dates for public consultation on development plans. In a separate move, the regulator has published a comprehensive communications resource designed to help local authorities achieve greater public participation in the development plan process.

Office of the Planning Regulator

Wildlife groups back ambitious EU biodiversity strategy

Irish wildlife groups have welcomed an EU strategy aimed at preventing a further decline in biodiversity. It would require countries to reserve 10 per cent of agricultural land for wildlife, designate 30 per cent of land and sea as protected areas, and plant millions of trees.

Irish Independent

Traveller housing fund underspend

More than €4 million in traveller housing funding has been left unspent, it has emerged, with 10 councils spending no money, three failing to apply for funding, and three spending less than half they were eligible for.

Irish Times

Major mixed-use scheme proposed for Dublin’s Kevin Street

Westridge Real Estate has submitted a planning application for a mixed-use scheme in the capital, providing 53,110 square metres of office accommodation in two 11-storey blocks. It also includes 299 flats across three buildings of up to 14 storeys in height as well as a new public square and a double-height extension to the existing Kevin Street Library.

Irish Times