HIGH-RISE buildings in Cork are likely to become a reality in the near future, according to the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development.
Damien English said that he is working hard with Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to cut out the red tape associated with homebuilding and said that regulatory changes will be announced in the coming weeks to accelerate the delivery of new homes.
"We are making changes to the building regulations, including the heights. Whether it be Cork or Dublin, those will be announced in the coming weeks," he said.
"I think you will see, where it is appropriate, increased heights and density. There are some very key sites where it will suit and a big part of the long-term plan for the country is to use land better. That hasn't always been done in the country and we want to change that and, in some areas, that will mean more high rise."
While Mr English did not elaborate on any particular sites, it is understood that the Cork docklands are among those that are part of the conversation.
The Meath West TD said that steps have been taken to accelerate the building process in a bid to make quicker progress in dealing with homelessness nationally.
"We have cut a lot of the red tape," he said.
"We have put in processes to see how we could make the system better in terms of how we deliver social housing projects and how the private sector can deliver housing too. All those changes, cutting out that red tape and putting in new timelines is how you drive delivery."
More can be done but the changes we put in place over the last year will drive that and will see more being done."
"We will be asking Cork city and county to deliver over 1,000 houses this year and to build on that over the next couple of years as well. We are finalizing targets for social housing delivery," he said.
"Those will be finalized in the weeks ahead. There are a number of sites that we are looking at to see how we we can deliver those houses quicker."