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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Councillors want 5-year term for modular home residents

Modular homes being built at Poppintree (Colin O'Riordan)
Modular homes being built at Poppintree (Colin O'Riordan)

Members of Dublin City Council have called for longer term tenancies lasting at least five years to be granted to people living in modular homes.

An emergency motion was put forward by Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF) at a meeting of the council's Housing Strategic Policy Committee.

The motion stated that the Assistant City Manager for Housing should reconsider the proposed 18-month licence agreement granted on such rapid housing sites, with a view on granting long-term licences of more than five years.

Cllr David Costello (FF), who also raised the motion at the meeting, told the Herald that longer tenancies would ensure that modular homes are kept in good condition and that a community could be built with more permanent residents.

"There are a number of modular homes proposed for around the city including Ballymun, Finglas, Darndale.

"We put a motion forward that would essentially mean tenants would be granted longer tenancies. This would mean people would look after their home better if they are living there longer.

Fear

"It doesn't matter how decent someone is, if they're living in a home for a short period of time there is a chance they won't look after the home properly," Mr Costello said.

"We have a fear this will create a transient population which will not benefit the area.

"There are a number of schools and other facilities around the area, and they will struggle to plan long-term if the people living there keeps changing," Mr Costello added.

However, the first attempt to pass the motion was rejected by the Housing SPC at a meeting on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a land initiative feasibility study carried out by a project team on behalf of the council deemed three out of four sites suitable for development as part of the local authorities Land Bank for the provision of housing.

Land located at Oscar Traynor Road were deemed to have the most potential for development this year, while sites at O'Devaney Gardens and St Michaels estate are deemed suitable for development in order of merit.

However, more intensive analysis is required for each site to determine a programme of phasing to enable each site be developed at the earliest possible time.

A further location near Belcamp road was not deemed suitable for development.

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