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Planning Changes Impacting Housing Delivery: Client Update

It continues to be an uncharacteristically busy summer season on the property front.   Latest data reveals that An Bord Pleanála is still grappling with a substantial backlog, despite significant additional resources being made available to the body. Over 1,000 planning decisions, impacting the delivery of more than 20,000 new homes, are pending for more…

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New Population & Housing Data Billed as ‘Evidence for Policy’

But will that evidence be used to shape housing policy? The ESRI issued an important report this week painting a clearer picture of ‘Population Projections, the Flow of New Households, and Structural Housing Demand’  for Ireland in 2024. These newly released stats provide a useful, data-driven roadmap for homebuilders looking to leverage current opportunities in…

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Urgent Reassessment Needed to Bolster Dublin’s Rental Sector

After last week’s run of industry news reports, two of Dublin’s biggest agencies released further rental market data this week that points to the need for urgent action. Reports from property firms Hooke & MacDonald and Savills have highlighted the dire state of Dublin’s private rented sector (PRS), urging the government to reconsider rental cap…

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What does it mean to ‘Build Green’?

As the demand for residential construction continues to surge in Ireland, the call for sustainable building practices has never been more urgent. The focus must move to creating spaces that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly, or ‘net positive’. The Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) CEO, Pat Barry, succinctly encapsulated this urgency, stating, “There’s no time…

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Who Are You Building Homes For?

The Case for Private Sector Development of Smaller Schemes for Rightsizing Ireland is facing a demographic shift that will have significant implications for housing. With an ageing population, the need for suitable housing solutions for older adults is becoming increasingly urgent. By 2051, it is estimated that there will be 1.6 million people over the…

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Housing Commission Recommends ‘Reference Rent’ Reform

The long-awaited, and much speculated-upon, report of the Housing Commission, which was leaked in part earlier this week, was finally published in full yesterday (link below).  This report is a major examination of Irish housing policy, and it says quite a lot in its 255 pages, but does it really tell us anything? Actually, it…

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