9 October 2017 – BRegs Weekly Edition 124
Edition 124 of BRegs Weekly is out now.
Last week Fianna Fail proposed a Bill which contained provisions for fire safety checks by independent inspectors to replace the system of self-certification currently in place. Barry Cowan TD outlined proposals to speed up the planning approval and building control processes to allow the speedy conversion of vacant properties into habitable units. He said they exist in large numbers, and pointed out that Dublin City Council recently estimated there were as many as 4,000 vacant spaces above commercial units: “With the right policy instruments in place this could translate into over 20,000 additional residential units in a short space of time,” said Mr Cowen.
Further relevations emerged last week about defetcive schools built under the so-called ‘rapid’ build programme. The company that built dozens of schools now under investigation due to fire safety concerns is currently building six more schools for the Department of Education and was given the contracts after the fears emerged. Last Tuesday, Education Minister Richard Bruton confirmed that his department has launched a full review of all 37 schools built by the company since 2003.
In housing news Goodbody confirmed the housing crisis is in even worse than previously thought and said 5,377 houses were completed last year, only about one third of the 14,932 indicated by official completions data calculated by electricity connections. “..On current trends, completions will total less than 10,000 units [for 2017] — roughly half the estimates suggested by the alternative electricity connections data,” Goodbody said.
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