CHANGES NEEDED TO OUR PLANNING LAWS

A leading planner says politicians constant objections to housing applications is increasing the cost of homes.

It’s after a report by the Chartered Surveyors of Ireland highlighted a big shortage of supply.

By 2031, it says over 60,000 housing units will need to be built every year – over three times the current level.

Tom Philips, a former chairman of Property Industry Ireland, says the planning system needs to be reformed to achieve that.

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