FAC, representing the Irish Planning Institute, presented on the important role of retail in town vibrancy and vitality, regeneration and revitalisation at the National Town Centre Health Check Training Programme workshop. The event was held in Dublin Castle on the 16 March and was attended by Damien English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal.
We recently worked with the Housing Agency on their National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2016 (and Outlook for 2017-18).
The Chairman’s Foreword highlights that “we see from recent years that a shortage of affordable market housing in some areas has quickly transferred into pressure in other sectors, particularly the private and social rental sectors, while in other areas housing remains vacant for long periods”.
Future Analytics Consulting has assisted BAM Property in securing planning permission for a 303-bedspace student accommodation scheme in Dublin 8. This forms part of a larger project that also includes a 202-bedroom hotel, business incubation hubs and office space. The development will play an important role in the ongoing regeneration of the Liberties and Newmarket areas of the city.
The recently published A Programme for a Partnership Government document includes interesting policy initiatives, based on a five-year timeframe, such as the pledge to examine how the planning system may be used to develop housing for our ageing population.