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Upswing in strategic housing proposals in Ireland

Words: Roger Milne
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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.

Over the same period last year it received just seven applications. An Bord Pleanála said nine applications were decided in the first quarter of this year (six granted, three refused).

On aggregate approval was given for 1,685 houses and flats, and 289 student bed spaces. Of these applications four were in the Dublin, three in Cork, and two in Kildare.

All applications were decided within the mandatory period of 16 weeks.

In the past week An Board Pleanála has approved plans for 265 flats for rent at a disused paint factory site in the Drimnagh area of the capital as well as a scheme providing 235 student bed spaces and 37 build-to-rent flats in Dublin 8. In the same period the planning agency refused permission for 136 new homes at Kill in County Kildare.

Meanwhile, Glenveagh Properties has announced that it is seeking permission to build 274 flats in the former Ursuline Convent grounds in the Cork suburb of Blackrock. Additionally, the directors of Power Scaffolding Supplies Limited have announced plans to develop 345 build-to-rent flats and a media and business centre on a site in Tallaght, Dublin 24.

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