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Blockbuster movie studio lined up for Meath: 5 things to know in property this week

The man behind The General has big plans in the Royal County.

LOVE PROPERTY BUT find it tricky to keep up with all the goings-on? We’re here to help with our news digest, bringing you all the biggest news from the world of Irish property this week.

This week, the man behind The General wants to build a movie studio in Co Meath, and waste management company Panda plans to charge you for your recycling…

1) Lights, camera, action for Meath movie studio plans

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Meath might be set to become a little Hollywood, as a company linked to Kieran Corrigan, the man behind hit Irish films such as The General and Evelyn, is said to have applied for planning permission for a new film studio in Ashbourne. Corrigan is a film producer and consultant who runs Merlin Films with the director John Boorman.

The 11,300 sq m studio is planned for Ashbourne Business Park, making it one of the country’s largest. It will include three film production areas if planning permission is granted, as well as editing facilities and sound stages.

2) Vulture funds putting tenants ‘in limbo’, says charity

Residential Housing And Estate Agents As House Prices Rise Source: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Housing charity Threshold spoke to about the issue of renters being ousted by vulture funds this week. John-Mark McCafferty, CEO of the charity, said that often “the tenant gets it in the neck” when vulture funds buy up properties, as neither the landlord or the new owners wish to negotiate tenancies.

He referenced one family of four who were left “in limbo” after vulture funds purchased their home. This situation has occurred a number of times, he noted, before calling on the government to take action.

3) Could regenerating historic sites solve Dublin’s housing crisis?

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Well, the Green Party certainly think so. Writing for this week, Ciarán Cuffe, a Dublin city councillor, suggests that we tackle the housing crisis by developing underused lands close to the city centre, citing Broadstone and Cathal Brugha Barracks as two starting points.

“Cities must adapt or die if they don’t meet the needs of the people they serve” said Cuffe, noting that there are sites all over the city that are “oozing with potential” for inclusive housing, regardless of income.

4) Panda to start charging customers for recycling collection

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After China’s move to ban the importing of plastic waste last year, waste management company Panda has told customers that it will start charging for recycling from April 19. Panda said that “the cost of recycling worldwide has escalated dramatically” and said that the cost would be “relatively small”.

The move has been criticised by Workers’ Party Councillor Éilis Ryan, who said it was “blindingly obvious” that China’s decision would have this effect.

5) These are Ireland’s most filmed locations

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Fancy living somewhere you’ve seen on the silver screen? Dublin, Wicklow and Offaly are three of the most-filmed spots in the country, with Kilmainham Gaol coming in as the most-filmed place in Ireland. Ireland clocks in at the 17th most-filmed country in the world, according to a survey done by GoCompare.

Kilmainham was featured in The Italian Job, The Escapist and The Whistle Blower, and you’ll see Wicklow’s Kilruddery House in P.S I Love You, The Tudors, and Angela’s Ashes. Check out the top 10 locations in Ireland here.

And finally, this week’s property buzzword…

We’re breaking down the complicated world of property jargon, one buzzword at a time. This week, it’s corbel, which can be spotted in this week’s New Development. A corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a weight, and it’s commonly found in sixteenth-century, Baronial style architecture. 

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