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  • A report prepared by Future Analytics Ltd for the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland has found that there is sufficient land in the Dublin Region to accommodate over 100,000 dwelling units but only a minimal amount of this land has the benefit of planning permission for residential development.

    The key findingss of the report are:

    There are 2,233 hectares (ha) of land zoned and potentially available for residential development, which is 2.4% of the total land area in the Dublin Region.

    This zoned land can deliver approximately 102,500 additional housing units under the minimum recommended density scenario.

    This can result in the provision of housing for approximately 269,000 additional persons.

    There is a minimum housing unit requirement of 35,433 between 2014 – 2018. However, currently there is only a total of granted (extant) planning permissions for 26,580 units, resulting in a shortfall of 8,853 units over the ?ve-year period.

    A breakdown of the figures in the report show that Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council have a serious deficit in terms of the amount of dwelling units which have permission on zoned land, relative to the minimum housing demand. Both Fingal and Dunlaoghaire Rathdown in contrast are in far healthier positions.

    Source: www.scsi.ie/housingsupply

    Published on September 26, 2014 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Reports; Tagged as:
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  • Recently, there have been a number of judicial reviews sought to quash decisions by An Bord Pleanala to grant permission for wind farms, including cases where the Board’s inspector recommended a refusal of permission.

    Roscommon
    The High Court quashed an An Bord Pleanala decision to grant permission for a large wind farm development in Roscommon following a judicial review taken by local residents. The High Court ruled that An Bord Pleanala’s appropriate assessment did not meet the requirements of the Habitats Directive.

    Clare
    The High Court recently granted leave for residents in west Clare to seek a judicial review of the An Bord Pleanala decision to grant permission for four 85-metre high wind turbines in the Milltown Malbay area of Co Clare. Leave has been granted on multiple grounds including failure to carry out a proper Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA).

    Cork
    A couple in Cork have been granted leave from the High Court to seek a judicial review to quash An Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant permission to Cleanrath Windfarm Ltd to construct 11 turbines up to a height of 126m.

    Laois
    Laois wind awareness group, People Over Wind, have been granted leave to appeal an An Bord Pleanála ruling in the High Court, over the approval of an 18 turbine windfarm proposed on Coillte owned land in Cullenagh.

    These judicial reviews, although very expensive to take, should hopefully provide a degree of clarity concerning some of the primary issues concerning windfarm development as many would argue that the national planning guidelines are quite vague and open to a wide range of interpretation.

    Published on September 23, 2014 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Green Energy; Tagged as: ,
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