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No data to support Minister’s change to planning guidelines for apartments - Eoin Ó Broin TD

18 December, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson, Eoin Ó Broin, has called on Minister Murphy to publish whatever data his department has that justifies changes to planning guidelines, in relation to the construction of apartment buildings.

Deputy Ó Broin said: 

“The Minister announced he would be making these changes when he was appointed last summer all with the aim of making apartment building cheaper.

“Height restrictions on apartment buildings will be altered, dual aspect requirement will be changed and the necessity for car parking spaces will need to be justified. 

“Firstly despite claims from the Construction Industry Federation that providing a car parking space adds up to €100,000 to the cost of building an apartment, we do not know how much it actually costs to construct an apartment. 

“No government or independent study of construction costs has been issued. The Department of Housing is undertaking a study of construction costs however it has not yet been published. 

“The Minster should publish this study before making a decision on changing the planning guidelines for apartments. 

“It is hard to see how lifting the height restriction on residential developments will reduce the cost of apartments. The truth is it will inflate the cost of land further. 

“The Minister needs to think about whom he should be reducing the costs for. There is no guarantee that giving in to developers on planning guidelines will make apartment living and cheaper for renters and home buyers.” 

“Minister Murphy must hold off on these changes until the study of construction costs is published and the Dáil Housing committee has had a chance to scrutinise it.” 

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