Friday, 21 April 2017

Stock: Official stats overestimate the rate of construction

There are 2,003,645 houses and apartments across the State, an increase of just 8,800, or 0.4pc, since 2011. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) says there are currently 421 dwellings for every 1,000 people in the State, a fall from 435 just five years ago. It says that while most homes are single-dwelling units, some 95 buildings have 100 units or more. The most populated building in the State has 372 dwellings, and is home to 882 people. The drop off in the number of homes available is due to the marked slowdown in new house completions.

Read the rest of Paul Melia's article in the Irish Independent

Frank McDonald: Housing dysfunction is laid bare by CSO

The staggering scale of Ireland’s housing crisis has been laid bare by theCentral Statistics Office, with figures from the 2016 census showing that the total stock grew by a tiny fraction – only 0.4 per cent – over the previous five years, despite a huge increase in demand for accommodation. In what the CSO described as a “clear picture” of some of the main developments in housing since 2011, only 8,800 units were added to the stock in that period, in sharp contrast to the growth of 225,232 dwellings recorded between 2006 and 2011, towards the end of the property bubble era.
Read the full article @ Irish Times

Friday, 31 March 2017

Nationwide planning aid for third parties and communities faced with objecting to planning applications


Brendan Buck maintains a planning aid service for individuals and communities faced with objecting to planning applications of all sizes. Please contact Brendan on 087-2615871 or email brendan@buckplanning.ie to obtain:

§  answers to questions people often ask about planning

§  clear, simple explanations of how the planning system works

§  signposting on where to go next

§  Information is provided on all aspects of the planning system including national policy, plan making, the planning application process, enforcement and appeals.

If, having contacted Brendan you still need help, our planning aid service offers a limited amount of free, general planning advice ('limited' means up to 15 minutes' advice by email).

Brendan is a professionally qualified planning advisor and is happy to answer enquiries on any planning-related issues in Ireland. He responds to respond to approx. 200 queries a month on a range of topics including how to comment on planning applications, the planning process, planning appeals and enforcement.

Brendan’s advice is professional and independent and is a key method to help people to engage in the planning process.

Please be aware that:


1.  We don't provide pre-application advice about a specific site or planning application - you'll need to contact your local planning authority for this.

2.  We don't provide free advice to other professionals (e.g. architects, surveyors). Professional advice is subject to professional fees.

Concerns over Donabate traffic arising from recent planning permissions

The issue of construction traffic in Donabate has once again been raised with the HSE with a local TD claiming that it is of major concern for local residents. A number of projects are taking place in the area including the development of the National Forensic Hospital. Other works include work on the Tusla resident childcare facility project which is due to be completed in the first quarter of this year. Furthermore, construction work is due to commence on the ground floor of block 1.2.3 at St. Ita's hospital campus towards the end of this month. Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) said: 'Construction traffic in Donabate is a major concern for many residents in the local community, particularly as we approach further development for the new National Forensic Mental Hospital at St. Ita's.

Read the full article @ The Irish Independent

Planning expires on 36 social housing units in Arklow, County Wicklow

Bitter disappointment was expressed by members of Arklow Municipal District that the chance of having 36 new Cluid housing units built in Arklow is all but gone. Cllr Tommy Annesley raised the matter at the latest district meeting, saying that he heard that a planning application for 36 units on the Vale Road was about to expire and the members knew nothing about it. 'We need to find out what this is all about. We need to get more information on this,' he said. Cllr Miriam Murphy supported this view and said that she was shocked to learn of the situation. 'We get regular reports from the housing officers, yet this is the first I am hearing of this. I am not in the habit of sleeping through meetings and this has come as a big shock to me. All of a sudden there are 36 houses on a list. Why was this not outlined to the public representatives?' she asked.
Read the full article @ The Irish Independent

Airport gets go-ahead for solar farm to power reservoir

Dublin Airport has secured planning permission to build a small solar farm that will help power a large reservoir that delivers 500 million litres of water to the airport every year.
The DAA, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, said that the solar arrays will provide as much as 50pc of the reservoir's power needs. The array will stretch over 650 sq m, according to planners.
It will be connected directly to the pumping station adjoining the covered reservoir, allowing the electricity it generates to be connected to the airport's internal power network.
"However, it is intended that the electricity generated by the proposed development will contribute to the energy requirements of the reservoir, which provides 500,000 m3 of water per annum to the Dublin Airport campus," according to DAA planners.

Read the full article @ The Irish Independent

€90m Cork docklands plan gets green light

DEVELOPMENT of Cork's vast docklands is set to be kick-started by a €90m office block aimed at resolving a chronic shortage of commercial space in the city centre. The Navigation Square complex, which is comprises four separate blocks on a 2.25 acre site in the heart of Cork city centre, will provide accommodation for up to 3,000 employees and more than 310,000sq ft of office space. It ranks as the largest development of its type ever undertaken outside Dublin. Yesterday, An Bord Pleanála (ABP) confirmed the withdrawal of all remaining planning appeals to the development. The project was granted planning permission by Cork City Council last September but a number of planning objections were lodged. The withdrawal of all appeals now means that construction work will begin immediately.

Read the full article @ The Irish Independent