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“Some don’t work. It’s very important to find out at an early stage which ones they are.” This was particularly the case where “someone overpaid for the land & think(s) they can get that money back from the council”

Let’s see what this means:
The #BuildToRent policy introduced by @MurphyEoghan & the SHD policy introduced by @simoncoveney didn’t “encourage developers to build more homes” they set up a framework where 1. more bad units could fit in any site & 2. 100+ unit schemes could skip normal planning processes.
This became a feeding frenzy. Developers and investment funds purchased large land banks in prime urban locations as the potential of fitting a lot of tiny rental units close to well served locations (big rents) meant land values went up up up.
It’s not rocket science.
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Everything matters when we think or talk about housing.
The way homes are discussed today is in number of bedrooms but housing is so much more than that. A home is at the core of one’s identity, individuality & sense of fulfilment; they must be flexible enough to allow this.
As an architect, my biggest satisfaction comes from hearing a client discuss their projects, it often starts from a very practical sense including bedroom numbers and where the sink & hob might go…
But this quickly changes once they feel comfortable enough to tell us how they like to live and what their everyday & social lives are like. That’s when a project truly becomes the reflection of our clients with due consideration of their practical checklists.
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This is the floor plan of a studio apartment, the entrance is at the bottom of the image and the only actual window is at the top. The unit is about 37sqm which is the absolute minimum that is legally permissible for this type of unit.
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Let’s go through the plan, 1st stop the entrance area: Upon opening the door there’s a bit of wall to the right & a door to access the bathroom, there’s just about enough space between the door and what seems to be the wash / dry area to leave your shoes, wet coat? Good luck. 2/ Image
Walk into the bed space (not a bedroom as there’s no door separating you from the entrance nor the main living space). The space in front of your bed is basically a corridor with a wardrobe & utility (washer/dryer by your bed?) no space for much else. 3/ Image
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Let’s unravel this misinformation from a FF councillor.

• There is no shortage of unrealised residential planning permissions - 40,000 homes w permission in Dublin alone
• Vexatious objections carry 0 weight in planning decisions & are in fact liable for legal action

#BuildToRent is a specific (lobbied for) housing typology, defined as being aimed at short term accommodation for “young mobile workers”
• The opt outs from basic liveability standards allowed for BTR schemes renders them particularly unsuitable for Part V social housing

• Opt outs from standards ensure BTR has become the predominant form of new development in Dublin (82% of resi schemes in planning in 2020)
• Most new Part V social housing will be unsuitable by its very design
• This has been consistently raised by Dublin City Council

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When @CSOIreland 2022 figures revealed 166,752 vacant homes in the ROI, an onslaught of folks played this down.
It’s now Aug 2022, @daftmedia report says “there were 716 homes advertised to rent nationwide” and there’s a meltdown by the media about a rental crisis.
Information by @CSOIreland highlighted an unmistakable #vacancy problem & reminds us that the CSO’s purpose is to “impartially collect, analyze and make available statistics about Ireland’s people, society and economy”.

@daftmedia purpose by contrast, is not impartiality.

To understand this better, we must see @daftmedia for what it is: one of three brands within the umbrella of “Distilled SCH”, a “global online classifieds specialist” – a private company whose business is ADVERTISEMENTS.

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Costs of existing houses & apartments for purchase in Dublin are extortionate.

What is equally incredible is the amount of work many of these potential homes need.

Sure, many are liveable & have good locations, however most will require new owners to sink extra €€€.

Take this B3 BER rated home in Harold’s Cross advertised at €695,000 for example:

The cost per sqm for this house is over €5,000. If you were to consider renovating this house for a conservative figure of say €800/sqm, you’ll need an extra €100k.

Let’s see Phibsboro:
€350,000 for 65sqm, E1 BER (€5300 per sqm)

Same deal: upgrade windows,replace floors, new kitchen, bathroom, paint, at a dubiously low figure of €800 and we’re looking at a property that will send you well over €400k.

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