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6 Jun, 2018 3 min read

Future Analytics Consulting Secure Planning Consent for “Age Friendly” Scheme

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Future Analytics Consulting recently secured planning consent for an “Age Friendly” scheme of 130 homes (93 houses and 37 apartments), together with a community centre and related facilities. This is indicative of FAC’s effort to engage with Ireland’s changing housing needs, recognising that populations with diverse usage needs require mixed use residential builds. Dublin City Council’s Age Friendly Charter states that over the next 30 years, the number of people in Ireland over the age of 55 will double and the number over 80 will quadruple. According to TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing), over half of adults aged 50 years and over experience some housing problem. The most commonly reported problems are damp/mould, structural problems and heating difficulties. More than a quarter of people over 65 live alone in private housing while one in ten people suffer from chronic loneliness which can lead to depression; a predictor for “dementia, cardiovascular disease and decreased immune system responsivity”, notes Alone’s Mr. Sean Moynihan. Ireland is now in an ideal position to prepare for successful population ageing by integrating people of different age groups and mobility needs in the same complexes.

 

 

The new development in Dundalk is designed with a heavy emphasis on being “Age Friendly”, and contains units for specialist living, assisted living and independent living, and features such as internal balconies and increased access and circulation areas are prominent in the scheme. Other features include:

 

• Signalised junction; pedestrian/vehicular safety
• Local park in immediate proximity
• Playground
• Adult gym equipment; physio/physical therapy facilitation
• Town centre proximity and train station

 

The development proposal seeks to align with the aims of the Local Development Plan. The inclusion of residences and a crèche with community facilities will assist the Local Authority in achieving a key objective of the Plan, which is “to ensure the provision of socially inclusive residential communities supported by the provision of high quality dwelling units and community facilities”. This will aid the evolution of sustainable neighbourhoods, furthered by the mix of dwellings: 4-bed semi-detached houses, 2- and 3-bed terraced houses, 2-bed bungalows and 1- and 2-bed apartments.

 

 

This mix will further support the principles of the Plan, including to “secure greater integration and preservation and community ties through the provision of an appropriate mix of house types within residential areas”. The dwelling types will cater to all segments of society, at all stages of life or family formation.

 

For further information on this project please contact Stephen M. Purcell (stephen.purcell@futureanalytics.ie) and Daniel Moody(daniel.moody@futureanalytics.ie) or visit our website – www.futureanalytics.ie.

 

Future Analytics Consulting Ltd is a leading town planning, socio-economic research and data analytics consultancy, specializing in delivering evidence-based solutions across multiple sectors. To find out how we can help you and your business, please contact us on 01-6394836 or at info@futureanalytics.ie

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FAC is a leading Chartered Town Planning, Development and Socio-economic Analytics Consultancy based in Dublin with an extensive project portfolio throughout Ireland. FAC has extensive experience in town and village renewal, town and village health checks, and settlement profiling.