Part of the new planning guidelines on design standards for apartments
Your cat swinging days are over.
“In the past under Fianna Fáil a studio apartment measured 38 square metres. We have increased this to 40 square metres. But it’s not a fair comparison to make as we have made several other changes and the ‘shoebox living’ of the past will not return.
If you look at the 2007 guidelines which took in a lot of research, they seem very favourable when compared to standards in other European cities.
By conducting research and analysis we believe that these apartments are adequate and affordable which is the real issue. There’s no point having standards in place if nobody is going to build, we need to get real here.
The new guidelines create one standard across the country and overrides all local authority rules…We need to do everything to ensure that vacant sites are developed.”
Minister for the environment Alan Kelly on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland earlier
Full guidelines here