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Planning Regulations and Planning Process Delays Impacting on Irish Commercial Real Estate Sector

    Planning Regulations and Planning Process Delays Impacting on Irish Commercial Real Estate Sector

The latest Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Sentiment Tracker from Origin Capital, completed by 180 industry professionals, identified industry concerns about the current planning regulations and processes in Ireland and the recent increase in commercial property stamp duty as being among the risks faced within the sector.
Findings on CRE in Ireland generally:

84% believed that planning regulations […]

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Major planning application for residential-led Cherrywood development submitted

    Major planning application for residential-led Cherrywood development submitted

Hines has submitted a large-scale planning application for a new town centre development that will serve as the focal point for the new town of Cherrywood in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown borough of South Dublin.
Permission is being sought for a new 2.1 million-square-foot plan for a mixed-use development with a large residential component that will comprise […]

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Publication of the draft National Planning Framework

    Publication of the draft National Planning Framework

The Government has just published “Ireland 2040 – Our Plan” for its final round of public consultations. Over the next number of weeks, until 3 November, members of the public will have the chance to review what is essentially the long-term strategic planning framework for the country’s future growth and prosperity.
Ireland 2040 – Our Plan […]

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Planning permissions up in second quarter of 2017

    Planning permissions up in second quarter of 2017

In the second quarter of 2017, planning permissions were granted for 4,453 dwelling units, compared with 3,141 units for the same period in 2016, an increase of 41.8%. This is according to the latest research from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
The second quarter figures also show that:

 Planning Permissions were granted for 3,630 houses in the […]

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Ibec sets out business priorities for the North West

    Ibec sets out business priorities for the North West

Ibec has met with political representatives in the North West to set out the key investment and planning priorities for the region, as well as the measures required in the upcoming budget to support the region’s future growth.
Ibec North West Regional Director Terry MacNamara said, “Business will play a critical role in the future economic […]

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Construction to start on major North Wall Quay development

    Construction to start on major North Wall Quay development

Targeted Investment Opportunities (‘TIO’) has announced that it hopes to initiate construction on a significant commercial development at 91-94 North Wall Quay this autumn. TIO are currently seeking an amendment to the existing planning permission that will allow construction to commence on a large new development to include a luxury hotel and over a quarter […]

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NUIG to commission Nuns Island master plan

    NUIG to commission Nuns Island master plan

According to a report in the Connacht Tribune, NUI Galway is planning to commission a master plan for the Nuns Island area. The university has budgeted €250,000 for a ‘master plan and design project’ for its buildings at Nuns Island in the city centre.
Sanction for the master plan was approved at a Governing Body meeting […]

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Hines and Peterson submit planning for Central Plaza in Dublin’s city centre

    Hines and Peterson submit planning for Central Plaza in Dublin’s city centre

Hines and Peterson is submitting a planning application to Dublin City Council that will reposition the former Central Bank HQ as a new landmark destination in the heart of Dublin’s city centre. Designed by award-winning architect Sam Stephenson in the 1970s, the building was acquired by Hines and Peterson earlier this year, following the Central […]

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€30m, five-storey office building to be built by JCD on South Mall, Cork

    €30m, five-storey office building to be built by JCD on South Mall, Cork

According to a report in the Evening Echo, planning permission has been granted for a major new €30m, five-storey office block on South Mall that will accommodate 450 workers.
Developer John Cleary’s JCD Group just recently completed work on the Capital redevelopment with the retail and bar and space already fully let and a number of […]

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Decision on Athenry €850m data centre postponed

    Decision on Athenry €850m data centre postponed

A final decision on plans by Apple to construct an €850 million data centre in Athenry has been postponed until mid-October. A decision is expected soon, however the Courts Service has confirmed that the case would not now be heard until October 12th.
An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission for the development of the Galway centre […]

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Johnny Ronan’s team expresses shock as proposal to build Dublin’s tallest building is rejected

    Johnny Ronan’s team expresses shock as proposal to build Dublin’s tallest building is rejected

According to a statement issued to the Irish Independent by Johnny Ronan’s company, Ronan Group Real Estate (RGRE), Dublin City Council’s rejection of the developer’s proposal to build Dublin’s tallest building next to Tara Street station “demonstrates that the planning system has broken down”. Earlier this week, the Council refused the developer’s bid to construct […]

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Minister Eoghan Murphy publishes urgent Planning Bill to provide for second extension to planning permissions

    Minister Eoghan Murphy publishes urgent Planning Bill to provide for second extension to planning permissions

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has published the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2017 which provides for second extensions of planning permissions in certain circumstances. This provision is very significant in enabling developers to complete unfinished housing developments.
The emergency Bill is being prepared to enact the relevant provision before summer […]

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Dublin City Council denies permission for Dublin’s tallest building

    Dublin City Council denies permission for Dublin’s tallest building

Dublin City Council has denied permission for what would have been Dublin’s tallest building in the city centre. Developer Johnny Ronan sought to build the 22-storey skyscraper on Tara Street, but the Council has rejected his application due to it having a “significant and detrimental visual impact” on the city.
The 88m tower would have included […]

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‘Opera Site’ planning process in Limerick commences

    ‘Opera Site’ planning process in Limerick commences

The planning process for the largest single project in the Limerick Twenty Thirty programme, which is transforming the city centre into a dynamic economic hub and living space, has commenced. The special purpose vehicle established last year to deliver over €500 million worth of investment infrastructure across four strategic sites in Limerick City will formally […]

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New Regulations to fast track large scale developments

    New Regulations to fast track large scale developments

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, has signed the necessary Commencement Order and associated supporting Regulations which will enable planning applications for large-scale housing developments of 100 units or more and large scale student accommodation projects, to be made directly to An Bord Pleanála (the Board).
The introduction of these temporary new […]

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New wind energy development guidelines proposed

    New wind energy development guidelines proposed

The Government recently announced a set of proposed guidelines for wind energy developments in Ireland. The changes include the application of a more stringent noise limit and a new robust noise monitoring regime to ensure compliance with noise standards. A visual amenity setback of four times the turbine height between a wind turbine and the […]

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Supreme Court to get its own building

    Supreme Court to get its own building

 
Legal professionals have been invited to preview plans for a new Supreme Court, which will be part of a proposed €40 million legal complex containing family law facilities on Hammond Lane in Smithfield. The development will be on a 0.45 hectare site close to the Luas Red line and is expected to open in 2020.
As […]

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Metropole hotel in Cork to get €50m revamp

    Metropole hotel in Cork to get €50m revamp

One of Cork’s most historic hotels, the Metropole, is set to get a €50 million investment that will double its rooms tally, add shops at ground level and see the construction of another three-star hotel to be called The M.
The two linked hotels will have 400 bedrooms, making “The Met” the city’s largest guest complex. […]

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NI’s largest office building gets green light

    NI’s largest office building gets green light

Planning permission has been approved for Northern Ireland’s largest office building, One Bankmore Square. When complete, the Belfast building will extend to 250,000sq ft of office space, complete with 8,000sq ft of ground floor space for retail use.
According to Savills, the building will have enough space to accommodate up to 3,000 office workers across its […]

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Plans for new College Green plaza in Dublin revealed

    Plans for new College Green plaza in Dublin revealed

A €10 million scheme to convert Dublin’s College Green into a pedestrian plaza is set to go to An Bord Pleanála next week. The project will see a ban on all private cars and East/West public transport. It will cover nearly 7,500 sq m and will involve a two-way cycle track, wooden benches, fountains and […]

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€15m expansion planned at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre

    €15m expansion planned at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre

The management company for Blanchardstown Centre has lodged a planning application to extend the centre’s central mall area. The application by Multi Corporation involves a 60,000sq ft development which is expected to create a number of new large retail units on both the lower and upper central mall levels. Some tenants are said to be […]

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