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6 Aug, 2020 2 min read

Meeting Housing Needs in Cork


Future Analytics Consulting (FAC) are excited to be producing a joint Housing Strategy and Housing Need Demand Assessment (HNDA) for Cork County and Cork City Councils.

FAC, in partnership with Lisney, have been appointed to produce this work for inclusion in the Cork City and Cork County Development Plans for 2022-2028. This Housing Strategy and HNDA will examine past and present housing trends across Cork City and County, assess and forecast current and future housing need, and set out objectives and policies to guide housing development across Cork.

FAC have extensive experience of producing housing strategies for local authorities across Ireland and have been at the forefront of developing a robust methodology for producing HNDAs following their introduction in the National Planning Framework. We have used our industry-leading expertise in quantitative modelling and forecasting and our knowledge of planning and housing requirements to provide councils with robust, evidence-based strategies that allow them to plan for new homes in the right places.

Cork City and County Population Density, 2016 – FAC

However, the Cork County and City Joint Housing Strategy and HNDA poses a unique challenge. It will cover two councils which are home to over 500,000 people. Our research will help the councils adapt to the current and future housing needs of Ireland’s largest county and its second city, covering everything from dense city centre to open countryside. To help the councils plan for this large and diverse area, FAC are undertaking bespoke modelling at multiple spatial scales. FAC and Lisney are assessing local housing market dynamics throughout the city and county as well as national, regional, and local plans for growth. We are using this understanding to model future housing trends over the next decade at the level of local housing markets, enabling the councils to understand where growth will occur.

Cork City and County are set to grow strongly over the next decade, with the National Planning Framework forecasting up to an extra 140,000 people by 2031. Cork City and County will be one of the main economic growth engines of the country, with major investment planned in infrastructure and transport. It is critically important that Cork County and City get the new homes they need to serve this growth, meet local need, and tackle the ongoing housing crisis. A robust evidence-led approach is needed to plan for new homes in the right places. FAC are excited to be working on a strategy that will provide this evidence base and will work closely with both councils to develop the policies to deliver the homes Cork needs.

If you would like to discuss a similar project, please contact us: info@futureanalytics.ie


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.