Re: Re: Erosion of Community ethos in new housing developments
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The question is what can be done about it. For instance there seems an unwillingness on the part of Planning Authorities to consoldiate communities by providing apperatus which a community can centre around and instilling the need for developers to provide a larger variety in house types and sizes. And asking a developer to provide this is like asking a leopard to change its spots. All they see is lost land and lost houses, therefore lost profits.
Well city councils are now insisting on a mix of apartment sizes in new developments. New housing estates seem to be more mixed now around Dublin eg this development with 3 &4 bed houses and 1-3 bed apartments
Larger open spaces don’t necessarily work better at attracting people than smaller spaces. Most Dublin housing estates have disused fields.
The planners, developers and council can’t provide local retail and facilities if everyone ignores it and drives somewhere better. My estate was originally well provided with shops that went bust once everyone got a car. The market sustains local business and you need population for that.
You can lobby your local council or councillors for changes to the development plan next due in wexford which is being drawn up now.