This week’s top planning news – 05 – 12 Oct. 2020

Every week, the planning society will share some of the top news in Irish and International planning.

Cork:

The city will not only have e-trees (See last week’s news review) but is also getting new trees planted. As described in this article by the Irish Examiner, “More trees planted than removed in Cork city this year”. In other local news, Easons on Patrick Street will be replaced as the company is closing its shops in many countries.

We are all wondering if the new covid-trend of Work From Home (WFH) is changing people’s approach to looking for houses. According to this Irish Examiner article: “Location still king in property’s ‘new normal’ landscape”, people are indeed looking at more satellite cities than Cork City itself for new buyers. It does share a good reminder that people who’s permanent wages were affected by Covid are struggling to finalise or initiate sales as banks are not keen on mortgages in those cases.

Dublin:

The results of Covid are already being felt as developers are looking at changing their plans for some major developments. This article from the Irish Times discussed the case of a refusal by Dublin City Council to allow for a change of plans from a hotel to office spaces.

On the residential side of things, this article also in the Irish Times discussed new affordable homes to be built: “Hundreds of affordable homes promised for Dublin’s new south city suburb”.

UK:

Last week was World Mental Health Day and this interesting blog post on the RTPI website provides relevant information and numbers on keeping mental health in mind when planning: “What does a place designed to promote good mental health look like?”.

A successful scheme to improve air quality is discussed on the Cities of the Future website: “London’s ULEZ Shows Significant Reduction of Emissions and Pollutants”. The article talks about the positive impact of central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

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Picture by Larry Cummins, via the Irish Examiner website.

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