Emphasis must be on family homes not apartments – Walsh
A LABOUR councillor on Fingal County Council said that in building new homes in the county, the emphasis had to be heavily in favour of family homes and away from apartments.
Cllr John Walsh (Lab) said that the 'balance of apartments and family homes was hopelessly out of sync, particularly in the final years of the bubble'. He said there was now a 'very significant demand' for three and four-bed family homes, as a result of that imbalance in favour of apartments during the boom years.
He acknowledged there was a problem with vacant sites and said there was a 'very healthy supply of land' in the county but yet, Fingal was 'facing a potential housing crisis'.
Cllr Eithne Loftus (FG) agreed that it was time to build family homes, not apartments and said she did not want to see any more of the 'boxes we provided people with in the Tiger years'.
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Kieran Dennison (FG) said the problem was not an easy one to fix and relied on the restoration of confidence in the building industry and that confidence had to return to the system before significant development would take place. Cllr Michael O'Donovan (Lab) said that people who cannot afford houses that were once considered 'affordable' are being 'squeezed' in the market and being forced to stay in the rental market longer than they should.
But he praised Fingal County Council for making good planning decision and having land available to meet the crisis if that land attracts development.