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Irish round-up: Waterford’s North Quays redevelopment submitted; OPR reins in Ballybunion housing zoning

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Ireland: 14 December-20 December 2019

Waterford’s North Quays redevelopment submitted

A planning application has been submitted for the major redevelopment of Waterford city’s North Quays, which is being backed by a Saudi Arabian company.

The Planner

OPR reins in Ballybunion housing zoning

The Office of the Planning Regulator has advised Kerry County Council to reduce the total extent of the lands it has proposed to rezone for residential use around the seaside resort of Ballybunion in its draft Listowel Municipal Area Plan 2019-2025.

Irish Times

Flats on the up

Planning permissions for flats have risen by 80 per cent in the past year, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.

Irish Times

Capital Airbnb scheme successfully appealed

A decision to refuse permission to convert a Dublin city centre office building into Airbnb-style apartments has been overturned by An Bord Pleanála.

Irish Times

Amazon on the prowl for warehouse project

Amazon is on the hunt for a site for its first warehouse in Ireland, probably around 9,300 square metres in size, to fulfil orders currently shipped from the UK, it has emerged.

Irish Times

Major Limerick road scheme submitted to the Bord

The planning application for the new 35-kilometre Foynes to Limerick Road, including a bypass of Adare, has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála. The project will cost in the region of €400-€450 million and would connect the Core Port of Foynes to the national motorway network on the outskirts of Limerick City.

Limerick City Council

Dublin port expansion fears

A business group in Dublin’s Docklands has questioned whether a €320 million project by the Dublin Port Company to double capacity is in the interests of businesses and residents.

Irish Times

Dublin Airport road link pledge

The promoters of a proposed new third terminal on the western campus of Dublin Airport have told planners that they will pay between €50 million and €70 million to build a motorway link to facilitate the project, reports the Sunday Independent.

Irish Independent

Drogheda homes fast-tracked

An Bord Pleanála has approved a fast-tracked development of 450 new homes at Newtown, Drogheda in County Louth.

Irish Independent

Capital hotel wrangle

The owners of the former Regency Hotel, now the Bonnington, in the Whitehall area of the capital, are facing an uphill task in persuading the city council that an additional seven-storey ‘rooms only’ hotel should be developed within its grounds.

Irish Times

Oil exploration ban looms

Oil exploration in Irish waters will be banned and gas exploration will be eventually phased out, according to a memo considered by the Irish Cabinet this week.

Irish Times

Urban/rural divide

People living in cities are more likely to be single, have higher disposable incomes and a third-level degree compared with those in rural areas, according to a report from the Central Statistics Office.

Irish Times

County Offaly wind farm

Cloncant Renewable Energy, a wind farm developer that is controlled by Norwegian state-owned company Statkraft, is proposing a 50-megawatt onshore scheme in County Offaly.

Irish Independent

Revised wind farm planning guidance ruffles feathers

The Irish Wind Energy Association has criticised proposed new regulations for onshore wind farm development, saying it will be “more difficult and more expensive” to construct projects under the plans. The proposals would see new standards for noise, mandatory community consultations, a minimum setback distance of 500 metres from any residential property in the vicinity of a new development, and other measures.

Irish Independent

Go-ahead for Dublin dockland homes

Johnny Ronan’s Ronan Group Real Estate company has obtained fast-track permission from An Bord Pleanála to develop a scheme providing 464 build-to-rent flats and 200 co-living bed spaces in Dublin docklands.

Irish Times

More time to mull planning JR moves

The government has decided to give a two-week extension for the public consultation on proposed reforms to the judicial review provisions in the Planning and Development Act 2000.

Irish Government

Affordable home plans unveiled

Proposals for some 598 social and affordable homes on state lands have been unveiled by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Land Development Agency for a site beside Shanganagh Castle and Shanganagh Park, south of Shankill.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council