Builders warned by council over the provision of childcare facilities
Builders have been warned that they will have to make childcare facilities available in new developments rather than solely relying on existing services in the locality.
A planning officer for Dublin City Council has fired the shot across the bow of developers after construction group Cairn Homes - an Irish company that is listed on the stock market - initially proposed building 378 family homes in north Dublin but claimed it would require just 15 childcare spaces.
The council asked Cairn Homes for further information on its plans for the development - known as Parkside. The builder replied on Monday that, on foot of the concerns raised and given that the overall scheme would include as many as 608 homes, it will now commit to building a creche facility at Parkside.
Cairn has already built the initial phase of the development and recently applied for permission to start a second phase of almost 100 homes at the location.
The council said that a number of substantial residential developments have been granted permission in the area without the need to provide childcare services, partly on the basis that there are vacancies in creches in the wider area.
"There is concern that if applied on a piecemeal basis, this approach could result in a significant under-provision of childcare facilities," it said.