The Irish utility scale solar photovoltaic sector experienced significant growth over the course of 2016. In January 2016, only two schemes had acquired planning permission. The situation in January 2017 is quite different as over 156 planning applications for utility scale solar energy schemes have been lodged with planning authorities. The status of each of these applications is set out below (Table 1).
Future Analytics Consulting continues to advise extensively on change of use and development applications across the retail and restaurant space and has recently obtained planning permission to extend the independent Tex-Mex restaurant Mama’s Revenge to accommodate 20 additional patrons within the basement area of the protected structure.
As of the 12th of December 2016, at least 144 utility scale solar photovoltaic schemes have been submitted for planning permission in the Republic of Ireland. Some high level statistics on these applications are set out below:
We provide a range of services to private clients of all sizes throughout the regulatory planning process. Our experience helps present their case effectively and find solutions that surmount development blockages. Two recent examples in recent weeks highlight how FAC has helped overturn refusal decisions from Dublin City Council, adding value to development schemes for our clients.
FAC has been advising extensively on change of use and vacant properties in recent years, including across the retail and restaurant space and has just successfully obtained Planning Permission from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for Quigley’s Café, a family-owned business who currently have 15 cafés across the country.
FAC has played a vital role in helping Global Student Accommodation achieve a grant of permission for a 571-bedspace student housing development in Dublin 7. The scheme also includes ground floor retail space and community facilities.
Future Analytics Consulting has assisted BAM Property in securing planning permission for a 303-bedspace student accommodation scheme in Dublin 8. This forms part of a larger project that also includes a 202-bedroom hotel, business incubation hubs and office space. The development will play an important role in the ongoing regeneration of the Liberties and Newmarket areas of the city.