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Slew of fast-track housing schemes surface in Ireland

Words: Roger Milne
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There has been a surge in proposals for major housing projects that are taking advantage of the republic’s fast-track planning regime.

Media reports say developers have unveiled proposals in the past week for nearly 4,400 new homes that are now being considered by An Bord Pleanála.

The 4,377 units, across 11 separate submissions, are mainly build-to-rent schemes, largely in the capital.

Included is a proposal by Makros Ltd for 1,324 housing units at Southgreen Road and Old Road, in Kildare town, and plans by Aeval Unlimited Company for 685 new units at Shankill, County Dublin.

Last month An Bord Pleanála chairman Dave Walsh told a meeting of the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee that fast-track activity had ramped up significantly this year.

He said that approvals had been granted for 40 applications in the first eight months of 2019 for a cumulative total 9,070 new homes and more than 3,000 student bed spaces.

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