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Draft standards must lead to home building-Cllr. Daithi Doolan

28 July, 2015 - by Daithí Doolan

The latest draft of the Dublin City Development Plan contains adjustments to apartment standards. The proposals aim to have home building commence in Dublin. 

Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council's Housing Strategic Policy Committee, said:

"Dublin faces an unprecedented housing crisis. All efforts must be made to ensure enough homes are built to meet the city's needs. The proposals contained in the draft city development plan maintain the high apartment standards which are important to building a family friendly city while encouraging developers to start building. These proposals were agreed after all party consultation and engagements with the construction industry.

The development plan also introduces standards for studio apartments. This will allow accommodation for young first time renters or home buyers.

The increase in floor height to 7 stories will increase density and reduce cost.

The proposals on the dual aspect will remove the contradiction in seeking 6 apartments per lift shaft. 

We will expect developers to rise to the challenge and commence building apartments to our high standard and any cost savings must be passed in to the public.

We do not want a return to the boom bust of the last 20 years. We need to have sustainable development that lead to communities that is why we defend our apartment standards. We will not reduce size or quality.

The adjustment on standards is not a simple solution but it is a major contribution. Now its up to the developers. 

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