Wednesday January 22, 2020

‘You can’t build houses overnight’: Developers on their issues with the planning system

The planning process is faster now, but developers say there are other major hurdles that prevent them from delivering more completed housing schemes

Killian Woods

Business reporter

@killianwoods
6th October, 2019
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House prices are starting to drop, while Brexit has added further uncertainty about the availability of building materials Plcture: Bloomberg

Four years ago, the message from property developers was clear. As Ireland came to terms with the fact that it had a housing crisis, they claimed they could get shovels in the ground if the slow, lumbering planning system was addressed.

In response, a fast-track system to speed up the delivery of houses was created in 2017. Since then, planning permission for roughly 5,100 houses and 10,000 apartments has been approved through the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) scheme.

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