Size really does matter in apartment planning

Size really does matter in apartment planning
Eoghan Murphy, housing minister, has put forward new guidelines

The recent reduction in the minimum sizes for new apartments has generated controversy. Are the latest rules a sensible way to help tackle the housing crisis or a gift to property speculators who want to cram more homes into each development and increase returns?

Eight years ago, a near 200-year-old British institution came to an interesting conclusion – Ireland was an exemplar for home-building.

It was quite an endorsement from the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba), but the group was not envious of Ireland’s house-building rate – construction activity had of course plummeted during the economic crash. It was instead full of praise for the standards of new Irish builds.

“A three-bedroom flat suitable for five people has to...

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