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# Planning

Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
Opinion: We could improve our planning law - instead the public is being excluded
The draft Planning and Development Bill 2022 is a solution in search of a problem, say Alison Hough and Gavin Elliott.
This month
March 2023
# emmett place
Planning permission granted for redevelopment of Cork's Crawford Art Gallery
The project will include a new entrance onto Emmett Place, new exhibition spaces and a Learn and Explore facility.
# noise
Dublin Airport operator 'rejects' it is in breach of planning permission over flight paths
A local community group said they are subjected to ‘ imposing noise that was never meant to be’.
# Customer House Quarter
Plans lodged to turn ground floor of CHQ building at IFSC into multi-stall food market
The CHQ building is located in the IFSC on Custom House Quay in Dublin.
Last month
February 2023
# Niall Collins
Junior Minister Niall Collins to make Dáil statement on 2001 housing application
The three party leaders have stated their full confidence in the minister of state.
# Planning
Possibility of Women's Lions tour becoming more likely, study finds
Work is now being completed to determine the possible structure and timing of such a tour.
# Blanchardstown
Smyths Toys, Harvey Norman, TK Maxx, Lifestyle Sports try to block €450m apartment scheme
The appeals board is due to make a decision on the appeal at the end of May.
# 3olympia
Green light for revamp of 3Olympia facade as owners back down on some planned changes
A large art deco arch no longer forms part of the proposal and LED screens are to be also omitted.
# Planning
Green light given for demolition of former Anglo-Irish Bank HQ building on St Stephen's Green
Dublin City Council has given the green light for the building of a seven storey office block in its place.
This year
# planning reform
Councils seek €40 million to help beef up staffing in planning departments nationwide
Local authorities have sought funding from the Government to recruit an additional 541 planning staff.
# Stephen's Green
Demolition of Dublin's Stephen Court approved to make way for new office building
The new development is expected to be 7 storeys tall and will feature a publicly accessible courtyard, similar to the one currently at the site.
# Planning
Housing Minister appoints new Deputy Chair of An Bord Pleanála
Chris McGarry replaces Paul Hyde as the deputy chairperson.
# Dublin City
Plans re-lodged for €100 million rejuvenation of St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre
The City Council last month declared a previous application to be invalid on two grounds.
Last year
# Liberties
Dublin City Council give green light for Diageo HQ scheme at Guinness Brewery lands
The building, which was once part of Guinness’s brewery operations, will extend to just under 13,000sq ft.
# Housing
Coalition parties may clash over planning reforms as Green ministers flag concerns at Cabinet
Green Party members have raised concerns about restricting access to justice.
# Executive Decisions
Cabinet approves international surrogacy policy proposals with aim of giving 100s of families a 'route to recognition'
A busy Cabinet session also saw Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien bring draft laws to overhaul Ireland’s planning system.
# factory farm
Intensive farming set to ramp up if planned pig and poultry farms approved
If given the go ahead, up to 12 million more chickens and 55,000 more pigs would be industrially reared.
If given the go ahead, up to 12 million more chickens and 55,000 more pigs would be industrially reared
This would produce roughly 26,000 tonnes of excrement annually, Noteworthy reports
Climate scientist: Proposed increase 'especially concerning' given impact on ammonia emissions
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?
'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming
# Raheny
Appeal lodged over Council's refusal of planning permission for apartments near St Anne's Park
The refusal followed Dublin City Council receiving more than 230 objections against the proposal.
# Raheny
Councillors block future housing plans for contentious site near St Anne's Park in Dublin
Councillors voted to zone the 16.5 acre site on lands to the east of St Paul’s College at Sybil Hill as Z9 open space.
# Dublin
Capel Street shop owners claim more council effort needed to make pedestrianisation a success
‘The street will rot if there isn’t a full development to pedestrianisation or a reversal,’ one business owner said
# Dublin City Council
City Council refuses planning permission for hotel and office plan in Heuston South Quarter
The Council said the scheme’s scale, bulk and height would impact on the setting and character of the adjoining Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
# Housing
Housing Minister says planning applications should not be decided by courts
Darragh O’Brien also said that people need to stop objecting to planning applications for housing developments.
# An Bord Pleanála
Report says An Bord Pleanála in need of 'urgent reform' as government adopts recommendations
The report includes 11 recommendations aimed at restoring public confidence in the Board and ensuring effectiveness in the planning system.
# Dublin
Planning permission refused for seven story 'build-to-rent' senior living scheme in Ringsend
Over 65 objections were lodged against the 30 unit scheme.
# Planning
Planning to be lodged for 245-bedroom nine storey hotel at Arnotts in Dublin
The plans are set to be submitted in the coming days.
# Planning
Sinn Féin's Ó Broin calls for urgent reform of An Bord Pleanála amid ‘deep, deep crisis’
The housing minister outlined steps being taken to address issues at the planning body in the Dáil today.
# An Bord Pleanála
South Dublin County Council votes no confidence in An Bord Pleanála
A motion was brought forward by Cllr Liam Sinclair yesterday.
# Busy Schedule
Munster will 'plan and adapt' around Ireland's mini-tour to South Africa
The Irish provinces may be without a big group of players early on in the URC season.
# Sky High
Planning permission sought for Dublin's tallest building at former City Arts Centre
The building would stand taller than Belfast’s 85 metre Obel Tower.
# planning matters
Timeline: How the An Bord Pleanála controversy went from the Dáil to the DPP
The report by senior counsel Remy Farrell has also been sent to Sipo and the gardaí.
# Planning
Bord Pleanála report should be published 'as soon as possible', says minister
The minister said it is now a matter for the DPP to decide if a criminal prosecution should be undertaken arising from the findings of the report.
# Planning
Minister refers An Bórd Pleanala report to Director of Public Prosecutions
The report by Remi Farrell SC looked in to a number of decisions made by An Bórd Pleanala.
# Dublin
Planning refused for 364 unit build-to-rent apartment on Terenure College lands
Dublin City Council has refused planning permission due to transportation issues connected to the scheme.
# West Dublin
€186 million funding approved for new town between Lucan and Clondalkin
Clonburris, a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ), is expected to home 23,000 people when completed.
# An Bord Pleanála
An Bord Pleanála fully recognises reputational damage caused by recent allegations, says chair
former deputy chairperson of ABP, Paul Hyde, resigned over the weekend.
# Leaders' Questions
Audit into infant organ disposal should be published without delay, says Taoiseach
The Taoiseach offered his “deepest sympathies” to the families impacted, stating that what happened compounded their grief.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you ever made a complaint about homes planned in your area?
A planning and development bill is due to be voted on in the Dáil today.
# factory farm
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly about concerns over the cross-border poultry manure trade.
Deaths of at least 80 cows in last decade linked to spreading of poultry manure
A report by
Niall Sargent
Cross-border investigation reveals concerns over regulation of the trade in poultry litter, an increasingly important natural fertiliser used on crops and vegetables.
16 farms inspected in last decade over concerns with poor spreading of poultry litter, Noteworthy reveals
In the most impactful case, 19 dairy cows died across two farms from botulism linked to litter spreading
Difficult for authorities to identify farms of origin of the litter for inspection or further action
'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming
'Potential fraud' in poultry farm planning applications investigated in the North
# factory farm
'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming
Cross-border investigation reveals serious environmental and air quality concerns from ammonia produced by the rapidly expanding poultry industry on the island of Ireland.