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Draft city development plan to end one-bed apartments and build 40,000 new homes


Dublin City Council's new draft development plan aims to build 40,000 homes in the next six years. Pic: PA Wire

Dublin City Council's new draft development plan aims to build 40,000 homes in the next six years. Pic: PA Wire

Dublin City Council's new draft development plan aims to build 40,000 homes in the next six years. Pic: PA Wire

Up to 40,000 new homes will be delivered over the next six years under ambitious proposals contained in the draft Dublin City Development Plan.

The plan sets out policies and objectives to guide how and where development will take place between 2022 and 2028. Consultation gets under way today, with a February 14 deadline for submissions.

A key proposal is a new policy to stop developers building one-bed or studio apartments, with a stronger focus on housing for families, older people and those with disabilities.

Due to expected significant population growth, Dublin City Council believes up to 40,000 new homes will need to be accommodated during the lifetime of the plan.

Describing the plan as “a new approach to housing mix and tenure in the city”, the local authority’s priority will be the provision of affordable, accessible, quality homes and sustainable community infrastructure.

“While it is recognised that typologies such as build to rent serve an important role in meeting housing demand and can fill a gap in tenure mix in established areas of owner-occupier housing, there is a need for greater diversity and mix in the delivery of new housing,” they said.

The development plan will support the concept of the ‘15-minute city’, providing for sustainable urban neighbourhoods and villages through “healthy place-making and the delivery of high-quality housing served by local services”.

It also proposes the establishment of 17 Strategic Development Regeneration Areas, including the Liberties, Newmarket Square, Park West/Cherry Orchard and the North East Inner City.

The council said this would address “the underlying causes of deprivation through a combination of social, educational and economic initiatives, while rejuvenating the built environment in priority regeneration areas”.

Dublin City Planner John O’Hara said the new plan has come at a time of “unprecedented challenges” arising from Covid-19, Brexit and climate change.

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“This plan creates a platform to facilitate and promote the sustainable, long-term recovery of the city for the benefit of its citizens, the region and the country,” he said.

“It offers an opportunity to respond to these challenges and to build on the success of the significant investment and regeneration seen in the city in recent years.”

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland said the need for “appropriate” housing development in the new plan is a key concern.

“Over the last number of years, the vast majority of housing developments seeking planning permission in the city have been build-to-rent,” she said.

“This is resulting in an over-proliferation of one type of housing, which tends not to be fully conducive to meeting the diverse needs of those seeking high standard, long-term, secure and sustainable housing.

“This is why we have introduced a new policy approach in the draft development plan with regard to housing tenure.

“The new approach will help ensure that large-scale developments comprise a broader range and mix of apartment typologies, with a better standard of amenity,” she added.