Green Party Cllr Claire Byrne says that the government needs to commit to providing more social housing in Dublin’s south inner city and stop allowing developers off the hook through loopholes.
“As a member of the Dublin Docklands Oversight Committee, we have worked hard to try to ensure that as much social housing is delivered on site in the Docklands, as agreed in the SDZ, yet developers are being allowed to take advantage of the loopholes that allow offsite delivery of social housing, while local residents are priced out of their own communities. The members of that committee and the local community are once again being ignored. This simply is not good enough in the middle of a growing housing crises. This developer led planning has got to stop.
“On top of this, Google have applied for planning permission for a change of use for the ground floor for additional retail and cafe space, yet they can’t reach an agreement on 4 social housing units? We also still don’t know what their plan is for the other housing units in the planning permission. Given their very generous tax breaks, I think it’s the least they could do for the local community.
“I also wonder how the Council will afford to buy units in the South East Area given how high the house prices are. This just makes no economic sense to purchase less units offsite.
“If this is allowed for the Docklands, what does this mean for the 900 social and affordable houses in Poolbeg West?
“We have a duty to ensure that developers and big business work within the guidelines of the SDZ, and to deliver social housing in this community.”
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