Tuesday 28 February 2017

We must not be caught in the headlights once again

Robin Mandal

In the next 21 years, we will need to house an additional one million people in Ireland
In the next 21 years, we will need to house an additional one million people in Ireland

The French have a wonderful saying. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose - everything changes without anything changing at all.

A truism it may be, but when it comes to the Irish property and planning landscape it is most apt. The property market has been in some form of a state of crisis for well over a decade. The only constant is the wrong type of buildings developed in the wrong locations to solve short-term capacity needs. The statistics show that we need to change our outlook to sustainable planning given the scale of development required.

In the next 21 years, we will need to house an additional one million people in Ireland. But it's not just housing that's required - they will need schools, hospitals, places to work and infrastructure.

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