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  • Plans have been unveiled for a knowledge and business quarter on the site of the 13-acre Smithwick’s Brewery in Kilkenny city.  The lands are in the ownership of Kilkenny local authorities having purchased the site from Diageo who are relocating Smithwicks brewery to Dublin. The urban design masterplan for the site was led by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. The plans include office accommodation for corporate, creative and technology companies; space for residential and retail use; a new third level research and development campus for the planned new Technological University of the South East; five new areas of public space; and a new city centre garden/park.

    Published on October 8, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Significant Planning Applications;
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  • Two proposals for large-scale cemeteries in south Dublin have met with differing outcomes following appeals to An Bord Pleanala.  An application for a cemetery in Lucan comprising 3,461 number plots, ancillary buildings and 40 number car parking spaces south of New Esker burial grounds has met with a favourable decision from An Bord Pleanala.  The Bord upheld the decision of South Dublin County Council who had recommended a grant of permission.  In making their decision the Board had regard to the location of the site, the established cemetery uses in the vicinity including the existing Esker cemetery which is approaching capacity, and to the zoning of the lands.

    Another proposal for a cemetery in Rathcoole comprising 2,042 number plots, ancillary buildings and 100 car park spaces on a 3.5 hectare agricultural site at Calliaghstown Lower (near the Calliaghstown Riding Centre) was rejected by the Board. There were two reasons for refusal.  The first reason related to traffic hazard associated with the substandard public road serving the site and the restricted sightlines. The second reason resulted to public health arising from the potential for ground water pollution as there is a a seasonally high water table at this site, and the depth of unsaturated soil available to accommodate burials does not compare favourably with technical guidance available.

    Published on January 10, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Significant Planning Applications;
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  • A planning application has been lodged with South Dublin County Council for a large-scale extension to the Liffey Valley shopping centre. The application comprises approx. 10,500sq m of space at the western end of the shopping complex and will cater for news shops, restaurants and an extension to the cinema complex.  The proposal also includes a central focal point forming an indoor meeting place.

    Published on November 20, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Retail Planning, Significant Planning Applications; Tagged as: ,
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  • The decision by Waterford County Council to grant permission for a large-scale leisure centre at the Hydro site in Tramore, County Waterford has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

    The proposals includes retail units, skate park, flowrider, recording studio, changing rooms, toilets, workshop, offices and bar/restaurant facility.  The main features of the development are the indoor wave for surfing and Irelands largest skate/bmx facility.

    Published on November 7, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Significant Planning Applications; Tagged as: , , ,
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  • Gannon Developments have lodged an application with Dublin City Council for an Islamic Mosque and associated development on a 6 acre site at Panhandle Park, Clongriffin, Dublin 13. 

    The development is significant in terms of its size and comprises a 3-storey domed mosque and cultural centre (5,573sqm); a 2-storey conference centre (2,849sqm); two schools (a 16-classroom primary school and a 12-classroom secondary school), a 2-storey fitness centre (1,392sqm) including a 25m indoor swimming pool and an apartment scheme. 

    The development is to be accessed from Main Street, Park Avenue and Marshfield Avenue Clongriffin via the internal road network and includes 192 surface car parking spaces, 221 bicycle parking spaces and landscaped gardens.

    The scheme has been designed by Conroy Crowe Kelly Architects.

    Published on October 11, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Significant Planning Applications; Tagged as: , , ,
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  • Intel Ireland Limited have applied for 10 year permission at Leixlip for buildings and ancillary works, alongside existing site infrastructure and buildings, all operating as an integrated campus, for the manufacture of integrated circuits.

     The proposed development includes:

    •  manufacturing buildings with a total gross floor area of 162,536 sq.m,
    • roof mounted stacks (ranging in height from 4.5m to 15m above parapet),  
    • associated cooling towers (17m high);  
    • a multi storey car park accommodating 2,200 cars,
    • a chemical store of 1,244 sq.m
    • 5 number water tanks 32m in diameter and 7m high

     This application will require notification to the EPA owing to a variation to the existing licence and modifications to SEVESO (Major Accidents Hazards involving Dangerous substances).

     An Environmental Impact Statement and a Natura Impact Statement accompany the application.

    Published on May 31, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Significant Planning Applications; Tagged as:
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  • An application for an Anaerobic Digestion/Combined Heat & Power facility consisting of a) Anaerobic Digestion/Combined Heat & Power plant (1,400sq.m.) containing two 10m high tanks, b) 7m high covered silage clamps (1,500sq.m.), c) single storey office/laboratory unit (78sq.m.) and d) all associated site development works has been lodged in Rathmooney, Lusk, Fingal. 

    An application for a similar Anaerobic Digestion in a rural location was refused by Wicklow County Council on the grounds of the inability of the local road network to deal with the traffic and visual amenity.

    Published on May 31, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Rural Planning, Significant Planning Applications; Tagged as:
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  •  An application has been lodged to extend the Kildare Outlet Tourist Village. The applicants, Value Retail (Dublin) Ltd, are seeking a 10 year planning permission to incorporate an additional gross floor area of c. 7,053 sq.m. bringing the total gross floor area to c. 18,219 sq.m. in a one and two storey building form adjoined directly to the existing building complex. The new floorspace will include two restaurant units, 34 tourist retail outlet units and a tourist information centre. The application also seeks an expansion of car parking facility resulting in 409 net additional car parking spaces.

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