Ireland will need 600,000 new homes over the next nine years to keep pace with demand, it was claimed today.
As the National Housing Conference begins in Dublin, Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Noel Ahern warned quality should be top of the agenda when building.
“Meeting the housing needs of a growing population presents challenges,” the minister said.
“But it also provides a great opportunity to deliver new development of the highest physical and environmental quality. This conference offers an opportunity to consider on the one hand the interventions we make in housing and planning and on the other the sense of belonging, which housing new and old, ought to engender.”
The theme of the conference is ’Transforming the Irish Housing Environment: Policy and Implementation’.
In his opening address Mr Ahern noted greater price moderation in many areas of the country, but he insisted the Government was by no means complacent.
Supply remains the key, he said, and while he expected a levelling off of supply he noted estimates were that 600,000 new homes will be needed over the coming nine years.
It is the first time the conference has been held in Dublin for 30 years.