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'Ghettos' fear over building rule move

SOCIAL housing campaign groups have said "ghettos" could form in Dublin and across the country if the Government follows through with changes to house-building rules.

The Respond! Housing Association said proposed changes to development practices, which would stop builders from having to construct one affordable house out of every five that goes up, would stigmatise the most-disadvantaged.

The Department of Environment is currently carrying out a review of housing in which it is examining the 'Part V' rule that requires developers to build 20pc social and affordable housing on any development greater than five houses.


The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has called on the Government to change the rule or temporarily suspend it to kick-start the construction industry as Dublin in particular, and other areas around the country, suffer from a major housing shortage crisis.

A spokesperson for the Department of Environment and Housing last night said the review into Part V was ongoing and that the department "would not speculate on what the upshot of it will be".