Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Paul McAuliffe
Fianna Fáil Group Leader, Dublin City Council
29 October 2015
Good planning principles must still apply when building modular housing – McAuliffe
The Leader of the Fianna Fáil group in Dublin City Council, Cllr Paul McAuliffe has today issued a cautious welcome to the announcement of modular housing for emergency accommodation.
“This is a short term measure which will accommodate some of those people in emergency accommodation, I am, however, concerned that the principles of good planning are applied in each development regardless of what construction method is used.
“Having represented Ballymun for almost a decade, I have seen how planning mistakes made in a housing crisis can have serious long term societal issues. I do not want to see Dublin City Council make the same mistakes with modular housing,” urged the Dublin North-West candidate.
“Regardless of the construction method, the principles of good planning must still apply. While the sites selected were based on their status as being ‘fully serviced’ they are all within communities that have a high level of existing social housing. All sites developed must have a good social mix and I will be working to ensure this is delivered in all Part 8 applications which come before us as councillors.
Cllr McAuliffe added: “These homes may be flagged as being ‘temporary’ for those who will be housed in them, but the reality is they will be in place for 30-40 years. We must ensure that basic panning issues like a high quality public domain, safe accessibility and decent family facilities are built from the start.
“Finally these units are being placed beside existing homes and there must be full consultation with local residents regardless of what emergency planning process is being used. This should not delay the process, but we can’t railroad existing communities into accepting whatever is thrown at them
“The current numbers on the modular housing programme are just a drop in the ocean when it comes to meeting the housing needs of people in the city. This programme will not accommodate anyone on the housing waiting list who is not in emergency accommodation. It will do nothing for the almost 1,500 applications who are waiting more than 10 years,” he warned.
“We are still waiting for the first signs of progress in the much flagged Housing 2020 programme announced by the Ministers,” concluded Cllr McAuliffe.