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Dublin deploys emergency measures for first modular new-build project

Words: Roger Milne
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Dublin City Council has confirmed to The Planner that it is using emergency powers contained in Irish planning legislation to deliver the capital’s first development of prefabricated modular housing.

A complex of six ‘rapid build’ blocks of flats, up to five storeys high, is to be built beside the Phoenix Park in Chapelizod on the site of community allotments at Springvale, opposite the 19th-century Church of the Nativity in Dublin 20.

The council is using emergency powers introduced by the government to deal with the housing and homelessness crises.

Under these provisions the council does not have to go through the normal planning process for local authority developments if the council chief executive determines there is a need to deal urgently with “an emergency situation calling for immediate action”.

A council spokesperson said the city council was making use of the powers “in order to speed up the delivery of much-needed social housing in the current housing crisis situation in Dublin.”

The council is now using the same legislation to build social housing at Bonham Street and Cork Street in Dublin 8 and Bunratty Road in Coolock, Dublin 17.

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