Relaxed planning rules put refugees in converted commercial units at risk

Inspectors urged to improve oversight of companies offering industrial properties for emergency accommodation

Protesters in Santry where 228 international protection applicants are living in a converted commercial unit. Picture: RollingNews

Ukrainian refugees living in converted industrial units are at risk because of relaxed planning rules to increase the amount of accommodation for people fleeing war, regulators have warned.

The National Building Control Office (NBCO), the state’s construction regulator, has told inspectors to step up their oversight of companies who are turning factories, offices and other industrial properties into emergency accommodation.

It comes as the Business Post has learned that Fingal County Council has served an ...