‘Cultural change’ needed for communities to accept high density housing

Minister says development also needs to shift from ‘greenfield’ suburban sites to the reuse of urban land in towns and cities

Planners must build trust with people to help them see “what’s best for them” rather than “what they think they actually want”. Photograph: Getty Images

Planners must build trust with people to help them see “what’s best for them” rather than “what they think they actually want”. Photograph: Getty Images

Communities need to undergo a “cultural change” to accept sustainable high density housing developments, Minister of State for Housing Damien English has told an Irish Planning Institute conference.

Planners must build trust with people to help them see “what’s best for them” rather than “what they think they actually want”, Mr English said, if the goals of compact growth and the sustainable regeneration of towns and cities are to be achieved.

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