Saturday, 17 March 2018

Dublin plaza ‘would see 1,600 buses a day’ on Parliament Street

Up to 1,600 buses per day – or up to 145 buses an hour at peak times – would move through Parliament Street in Dublin if the proposed College Green civic plaza goes ahead, a planning hearing has heard. Turning Parliament Street into a “bus corridor” to facilitate the pedestrian and cycle plaza would have a “profound” impact on businesses and residents and a serious long-term impact on air quality, locals claimed. The oral hearing by An Bord Pleanála into Dublin City Council’s plan to create a traffic-free civic space on College Green and Dame Street heard submissions from a number of experts on behalf of M.E Hanahoe Solicitors and other businesses in the Parliament Street area.
Read the full article @ The Irish Times

College Green plaza alternatives not fully evaluated, hearing told

Alternatives to the current design and location of the proposed College Green civic plaza in Dublin city centre were not properly evaluated, it was claimed at a planning hearing. An environmental impact assessment report on the project was overreliant on the findings of a “Clonskeagh to City Centre Cycle Project” report originally dating from 2014, which favoured cyclists over other road users, according to Marcus Hanahoe of ME Hanahoe Solicitors. He was representing his business and property owners, other businesses and residents in the Parliament Street area at the hearing. There was an assumption from the outset the Luas would dominate over buses and “everyone else would just have to put up with it”, said Mr Hanahoe.
Read the full story @ The Irish Times

Friday, 16 March 2018

Clare County Council has no record of Taoiseach contacting them on behalf of Donald Trump

Clare County Council has said there is no record of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar having contacted the authority regarding a planning application for a windfarm in Doonbeg. In the United States today, Mr Varadkar claimed he was contacted by Donald Trump when he was planning to purchase a hotel and golf resort in West Clare. Mr Varadkar, who was Minister for Tourism and Sport at the time, said Mr Trump raised concerns about a windfarm for which planning had been sought. Speaking at the Friends of Ireland lunch today, Mr Varadkar said: "At the other end of the phone was Donald Trump saying to me that he bought this resort in Ireland, in Co Clare, this beautiful golf resort called Doonbeg but there was a problem. 
Read the full article @ Irish Examiner

Clare County Council: No Representation By Varadkar On Wind Farm Planning File

Clare County Council says it has no record of receiving any call from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in relation to a planning application for a West Clare wind farm that had been opposed by President Donald Trump. At an event in Washington D.C. today, after the pair had met in the White House, the Taoiseach recounted how he had received a call from Mr. Trump in relation to an application for nine wind turbines to be built close to the Trump family’s Doonbeg golf resort. The Taoiseach, then Minister for Tourism, said he “rang the County Council and inquired about the planning permission and subsequently the planning permission was declined.”
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Varadkar ‘interfered’ in planning, says wind farm developer

The businessman behind a failed plan to build a wind farm near Donald Trump’s Co Clare golf resort has said he is disappointed Taoiseach Leo Varadkar “interfered” in the planning process. Michael Clohessy, director of Clare Coastal Wind Power, said his company would be “reviewing this situation” after Mr Varadkar told an audience in Washington DC, including the US president, that he intervened on Mr Trump’s behalf regarding the wind farm planned for near Doonbeg. The Co Clare company’s proposal to erect a nine-turbine wind farm about 4km from the golf resort was twice refused planning permission, costing the firm about €500,000.
Read the full article @ The Irish Times

Decision looms on outline plans for new ‘Ceannt Quarter’

A decision is looming from CIE management on outline proposals for the development of ‘Ceannt Station Quarter’ – a project which will cost several hundred million euro and shape the future of Galway City Centre. Last September, CIE advertised for a partner for the redevelopment of 8.18 acres into a new urban quarter for the city. It will potentially include an extended train and bus station, along with a new hotel, shops, apartment ‘skyscraper’, offices and an urban park space. It is understood that the project attracted significant interest among national and international property development companies – according to the commercial property agents handling the deal, as well as the well-documented pent-up demand for high-quality office space and residential units, around 20 national and international brand names are looking for retail space here of a suitable size.
Read the full article @ Connacht Tribune

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Mayfair-style scheme planned for Kilternan

Anyone familiar with the Golden Ball Pub in Kiltiernan may be a little taken aback by this forthcoming planning application covered today in the Irish Times and noted on Twitter by Cllr Ossian Smyth on the 11th March. Before photos and proposed photomontages/CGIs/artists's impressions below:

Irish Times article below:

Four years ago developer Greg Kavanagh was propelled into the spotlight when it emerged that his company, New Generation Homes, had cannily spent a reported €100 million buying up housing sites at rock-bottom prices across Dublin. The total cost of the buying spree reached about €300 million by the time Kavanagh negotiated a reported multimillion payout from New Generations’s financial backers, which saw him exit the business in October 2016 to pursue other opportunities, retaining the New Generation trading name. Since then he has stayed under the radar, quietly working on various projects. However his latest venture, a large-scale housing development in Kilternan, south Dublin, is likely to land him back in the spotlight.

Read the full article @ The Irish Times