Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Property developer Michael O'Flynn challenges planning permission refusal for €75m residential development

O'Flynn Capital Partners (OFCP), whose founder is Mr O'Flynn, have sought a judicial review of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co Council's July 31 refusal for 164 residential units at Beech Park, Bray Road, Cabinteely/Loughlinstown.  
The plan involves the demolition of 11 existing dwellings and the construction of a 158 metre section of the Druid's Glen Road linking to the N11 road.  It also involves the provision of up to 30 metres of the Druid's Glen Road Bridge.
The potential sales value of the developed land should well exceed €75m, Mr O'Flynn says.  It will also create around 100 full time construction jobs.  The land was acquired for more than €12m.
Planners refused permission for a number of reasons including that the development failed to provide a "high quality site-specific design response for the site" in relation to layout, ecology and landscape design.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Over €3m paid out to turfcutters affected by EU habitat restrictions

More than €3 million has been paid out in compensation to turfcutters, who have been affected by restrictions in a EU habitats directive.
Some 2,008 turf cutters have received annual payments of €1,500 each and 180 turf deliveries which have been made to applicants at a total cost of €3,282,232.
Read the article @ The Irish Times

Proposal for retirement village rejected

Councillors in Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown have rejected a controversial rezoning to allow for a retirement village at the foot of the Dublin Mountains.
The proposal involved a variation to the county development plan which spelled out that on a seven-hectare site on the outer side of the M50, at Ticknock near Sandyford, a retirement village would be “permitted in principle”.
Read the article @ The Irish Times

New purpose-built distillery denies it is in breach of planning rules

The first purpose-built distillery for a new whiskey in Ireland in more than 200 years has received a warning from Kerry County Council, which claims it does not have proper planning permission.
The facility for Dingle Whiskey in an old sawmills on the seafront at Milltown, Dingle, opened last week. However, brewing company Porterhouse Ltd has been told certain works have been carried out without permission.
Read the article @ The Irish Times

Opposition mounts to super-sized fish farm in Galway Bay

THE Irish ballad The West’s Awake, by Thomas Davis came to mind of late following the devastating news that Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) had lodged a proposal for a supersized salmon fish farm off Inis Oirr in Galway Bay.
Angling organisations, anglers, stakeholders, hoteliers, restaurateurs, islanders and west coast citizens are “up in arms” and rallying in large numbers in opposition to this outrageous proposal.
Read the article @ The Irish Times

Locals jointly buy Dartmouth Square park

A day of mystery and intrigue in the Shelbourne Hotel ended with Dublin City Council and local residents coming together yesterday evening to buy Dartmouth Square in Ranelagh for €142,000.
The sale of the two-acre square was to be one of the highlights of the latest Allsop/ Space auction of distressed properties, with the auctioneers setting a reserve price of €140,000 on the two-acre square.
Read the article @ The Irish Times

Monday, 3 December 2012

Legal opinion may see rerouting of Galway bypass

The proposed N6 Galway city outer bypass will almost certainly need to be rerouted following a legal opinion by a European Court advocate general that the current plan breaches the EU habitats directive.
Advocate general Eleanor Sharpston found in favour of environmental activist Peter Sweetman, who claimed that a designated special area of conservation (SAC) near Lough Corrib would be adversely affected by the road.
Read the article @ The Irish Times