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Gormley’s apartment guidelines fall short of what is required – Ó Snodaigh

18 September, 2007


Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said Environment Minister John Gormley's new guidelines on apartment sizes fall short of what is required. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the Minister must meet the standards set out by Dublin City Council earlier this month.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The Department of Environment new building guidelines published by Minister Gormley today unfortunately fall far short of what is required. They do not meet the standards set out by Dublin City Council earlier this month and will only encourage a race to the bottom by developers.

"Dublin City Council's standards guarantee larger one, two and three bedroom apartments than the Department's guidelines as well as providing more balcony space. I would call on the Minister to meet the standards set out by Dublin City Council.

"Minister Gormley must also ensure that Part V of the Planning and Development Act is properly implemented in its original manner to ensure socially inclusive developments where everyone benefits from any new standards. This means that all options for developers to buy their way out of their Part V obligations to provide social and affordable housing must be removed." ENDS

Note to editor: Difference in sizes of apartments as proposed by Dublin City Council and Department of Environment guidelines set out in table below:

Difference in sizes of apartments as proposed by Dublin City Council and Department of Environment guidelines set out in table below:

Dublin City Council

Department of Environment

One bed apartment

55 Square metres

45 Square metres

Two bed apartment

80-90 Square metres

65 Square metres

Three bed apartment

100 Square metres

80 Square metres

Balcony size

6-10 Square metres

5-9 Square metres

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