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Chamber Welcomes Plan to Remove Building Height Restrictions

Oct 05, 2017

Business group Dublin Chamber has welcomed the news that height restrictions on new buildings are to be lifted in Dublin.

Reacting to comments made today by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, the Chamber said that constructing taller buildings will help ease Dublin's growing housing crisis.

The announcement comes after a survey by Dublin Chamber found that the majority of Dubliners would like to see taller buildings in the city.

According to Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke: "A planning system which allows for the appropriate construction of higher and denser buildings is vital if Dublin is to be able to cope with the 280,000 additional people forecast to be living in Dublin by 2031. Allowing for taller buildings doesn't mean that Dublin will become a city dominated by skyscrapers or that the unique architectural character of Dublin will be lost. Rather, it will allow for projects that will meet the needs of the future, add to the city's built heritage and boost the local economy.”

Dublin Chamber said that building higher and increasing densities is essential if Dublin is to be equipped for the demands of 21st century living.

Ms Burke said: “Dublin is currently a low density city by international standards. Given the limited amount of vacant land available in the city, we must ensure that any future building maximises its potential. Building higher will ensure that we make the most of what we have."

Dublin Chamber said its research had found that constructing even one extra storey on a 1 hectare site would provide around 20 additional residential units.

Ms Burke said: "We must prepare for more people living and working in Dublin. Building upwards will allow for considerably greater densities, meaning we will be able to maximise the potential of the limited amount of space available in the areas of the city that people want to live. Increased heights and densities will also help alleviate Dublin's growing congestion problems. Ensuring growth goes up instead of sprawling ever outwards will provide more space for people to live, make public transport a more viable option for commuters. International research and experience shows that greater densities provide a significantly greater return on investment in public transport, strengthening the case for increased investment."

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