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Planning permission refused for 127ha Carlow solar farm – deemed contrary to Protection of Habitats

Planning permission refused for 127ha Carlow solar farm - deemed contrary to Protection of Habitats Planning permission has been refused for a 127ha solar farm to be developed in Co. Carlow.  Terra Solar II Ltd, a Dublin-based solar developer, applied for a 10-year planning permission for a solar farm to be developed in the Ballon and Rathoe area of the county. Carlow County Council refused pe...
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Bill would make it ‘impossible’ to challenge poor planning decisions

Environmental groups have expressed deep concern at a new Bill put forward by the Minister for Planning that they say would make it almost impossible to challenge planning decisions in the courts.  The Green News has seen a version of the Heads of the Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019 sent last week to the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Housing Planning and Local Government.  The docu...
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Northern Ireland 2018/19 Annual Planning Statistical Bulletin published

The key points from the Northern Ireland Planning Statistics 2018/19 Annual Statistical Bulletin include: There were 12,541 planning applications received during 2018/19, a 3% decrease from the previous financial year. This comprised 12,404 local and 137 major applications. During 2018/19, 12,156 planning applications were decided, a decrease of over 1% from the previous financial year. In ...
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Special costs rules governing environmental litigation under Planning & Development Act

Executive summary Heather Hill Management Company CLG and Gabriel McGoldrick (the Applicants) challenged a decision of An Bord Pleanala (the Board) to grant permission for a strategic housing development. The Applicants challenged that decision on a number of grounds and argued that the entire proceedings attracted the special costs rules governing environmental litigation under Section 50B of ...
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A first for Irish planning: The office of the planning regulator is formally established

The Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (the “2018 Act”) provides legislative footing for the National Planning Framework, which was launched in 2018. It is the first time in Ireland a national planning strategy has been given legislative status. In another first for Ireland, an independent regulatory body to oversee planning was created under the 2018 Act.  This oversight body comes ...
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Real estate planning and environmental considerations in Ireland

Planning The government authorities that regulate planning and zoning for real estate development and use and extent of their powers Responsibility for regulating development and designated use of real estate typically lies with local planning authorities. Appeals are referred to An Bord Pleanála (The Planning Board) (ABP), which was set up by the government to operate an open and impartial pl...
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Publication of the Northern Ireland Planning Statistics: Third Quarter 2018/19 Statistical Bulletin

Provisional Northern Ireland Planning Statistics for the third quarter of 2018/19 are now available. These data provide an overall view of planning activity. Alongside this there is a summary of council performance across the three statutory targets for major development applications, local development applications and enforcement cases as laid out in the Local Government (Performance Indicator...
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Comprehensive overview of conducting Real Estate transactions in Ireland

Current trends in and future prospects for the real estate market (both commercial and residential) in Ireland The office market saw a record year of leasing in 2017, primarily in Dublin. In addition to natural growth, market analysis suggests Brexit added additional demand for office space. In the residential sector, house prices rose an average of 12.3% in 2017, mainly due to a continued l...
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Better Planning: reforms for sustainable development – IBEC Report

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has published - Better Planning: reforms for sustainable development - as part of its ongoing Better Lives, Better Business campaign to make Ireland a better place to live and work. Ibec Head of Infrastructure, Dr Neil Walker, said: “As the Irish economy enters the mature phase of its business cycle, it is imperative that we insulate ourselves fro...
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Local Authority Adaptation Strategy Development Guidelines

Seán Canney T.D., Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development launched the Local Authority Adaptation Strategy Development Guidelines today.  In his speech the Minister said "The publication of these "Local Authority Adaptation Strategy Development Guidelines", a key action under the National Adaptation Framework, will assist with our efforts in addressin...
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