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

Up to 40,000 new homes will be delivered over the next six years as part of ambitious proposals in Dublin’s draft urban development plan.

The plan sets out guidelines and targets to determine how and where development will take place between 2022 and 2028. The consultation starts today with a February 14 deadline.

A key proposal is a new policy to prevent developers from building one-bedroom or studio apartments, with a greater focus on housing for families, the elderly and people with disabilities.

With significant population growth expected, Dublin City Council estimates that up to 40,000 new homes will need to be accommodated over the life of the plan.

The local authority describes the plan as “a new approach to housing mix and ownership in the city” and will prioritize the provision of affordable, accessible, quality housing and sustainable community infrastructure.

“While it is recognized that typologies such as build-to-rent can play an important role in meeting housing demand and filling a gap in the property mix in established owner-occupier areas, 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” and envision sustainable urban neighborhoods and villages through “healthy site design and the provision of 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 areas for regeneration”.

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

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

“It provides an opportunity to respond to these challenges and to build on the success of the significant investments and renewals that the city has seen in recent years.”

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

“In recent years, the vast majority of housing developments that have applied for planning permission in the city have been built for rent,” she said.

“This is leading to an over-proliferation of a type of housing that tends not to fully meet the diverse needs of those looking for quality, long-term, safe and sustainable housing.

“That’s why we introduced a new policy approach to home ownership in the draft zoning plan.

“The new approach will help large-scale developments to include a wider range and mix of housing typologies with a better standard of amenities,” she added.

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