‘Houses should be built in accordance with Lifetime Home Standards’ – Curran

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Sinn Féin councillor Brendan Curran has stressed the need for houses to be built in accordance with the Lifetime Home Standards. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Curran stated, “Residents bought their houses in the knowledge that only a certain amount of houses could be built at that location to find a few short years’ later, private developers come in and build whatever houses they want, in spite of planning regulations that say that this cannot happen. “As a councillor I find it unacceptable that the public purse is being used more and more to buy houses for housing associations, which fall far below the Lifetime Home Standards. “Builders who do not build to the Lifetime Home Standards are being rewarded by having houses bought off the market which are not up to the need of future housing. Curran continued, “People who pay taxes are being short changed. Planners need to come to terms with what is proposed and what is not in keeping with the original application. “Mullach Alainn private development in Carnagat is a case in question, people bought houses in Mullach Alainn because they believed it was going to be a small defined development. “This settled community now finds that another development is being forced into and tagged onto their development which design and layout is not in keeping with planning and would not be allowed to happen anywhere else. “A question remains whether these houses are in accordance with Lifetime Home Standards which all public housing should be. He added, “Lifetime Home Standards means doors are wider, light switches are lower and many other regulations, the norm for people with disabilities but is not always the case with private developers. “I also object to houses being built with room sizes smaller than the needs of the average family, rooms which are not suitable to be used for the second or third bedroom are now commonplace.”
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