WITH STILL NO end in sight for Ireland’s housing crisis, some argue relaxing height restriction on buildings could help ease the problem.
Others argue it’s an expensive option and doesn’t make housing more affordable for the average person.
Last December, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy advised that a height increase in Irish cities was crucial to meet future challenges, with new guidelines published under the National Planning Framework.
The minister later said that it would be one aspect that could help ease the housing crisis, making more accommodation available across the country.
It’s hard to argue with the economics of supply and demand.
In a recent Fora column, BNP Paribas Ireland managing director Kenneth Rouse argued that high-rise projects do not necessarily correlate to greater density in Dublin, with many taller “showpiece developments” geared towards wealthier tenants.
Keeping that in mind, we are asking Fora readers this week: Do you think taller buildings will ease Ireland’s housing crisis?