Joanna Tuffy, Labour spokesperson on affordable housing, said the Government must introduce a national affordable housing scheme ahead of the development of the Clonburris SDZ. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Planning failures which resulted in the urban sprawl of the Dublin suburbs in the last decades of the 20th century will not be repeated in Clonburris,(...)

The Strategic Housing Development system gives effect to a commitment to fast-track decision-making for large-scale housing schemes. Photograph: Frank Miller

Developers planning to build large-scale housing schemes will be able from Monday to make their case directly to An Bord Pleanála, bypassing local-aut(...)

It is estimated that by 2040 Ireland’s population will have increased by about one million, leading to a need for more homes, services and infrastructure

More urban sprawl and longer commutes to work are on the cards for many of us unless politicians create a planning system fit for a growing population(...)

A view of  Westport, Co. Mayo. Photograph: The Irish Times

Some towns are beating out-of-town shopping centres thanks to a system of ‘health checks’, a conference will be told today. The annual conference of (...)

According to the Government’s Housing Agency, 25,000 homes need to be built annually, about 10,000 of which are needed in Dublin. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Legislation allowing applications for large-scale housing developments to be made directly to An Bord Pleanála, bypassing local authority decision ma(...)

The committee was told that with planning permission on hand for 33,000 houses in the capital the planning system was not the problem, “how we activate the delivery of homes is the issue”. Photograph: PA

Delays in the planning system could be adding as much as €4,000 a year to the purchase price of a new home, senior Department of Housing officials hav(...)

The council is following a model used by London’s Lewisham council which has completed a modular apartment complex providing 24 homes for families living in emergency accommodation. Photograph: Martin Godwin

Fifty years after the construction of the Ballymun flats, Dublin City Council is returning to pre-fabricated apartment blocks to provide a solution to(...)

While the fee for a one-off house is €65, and €34 for an extension, fees for larger residential and commercial developments increase in line with the size of the development. Photograph: The Irish Times

The number of planning applications made to local authorities across the State rose by 20 per cent last year, with Dublin City Council receiving almos(...)

Local authorities  supplied 9,000 housing units last year and  9,000 are at an advanced stage. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The voluntary housing sector has called for Government action to cut the time it takes to complete developments. Planning procedures, potential leg(...)

Minister for the Environment Simon Coveney at the launch of the Government’s new Housing Action Plan on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Economist Colm McCarthy has said Government assistance for first-time buyers will not address the issue of a shortage of housing and will only serve t(...)

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