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Homebuilder offers reduced garden sizes to allow more houses to be built

One of Ireland’s largest home builders is offering smaller gardens in urban areas to allow more homes to be built.

Glenveagh Properties is advocating for the current standards of a 60m² garden for a typical three bedroom house to be reduced to 40m². It also argues for extending a 40m² standard to all newly built homes outside dense urban areas.

The Compact Growth Design Standards state that the back third of gardens is generally “dead space” or “underutilized” from information gathered from “focus groups”.

Rather, increased private outdoor space is offered for smaller homes such as single residents, couples, and retirees.

A report from the Irish Times says that by current standards one-bed apartments must offer just 5m² – usually a balcony or terrace, two-bed apartments 7m², three-bed apartments 9m², while two-bed houses must include a 55 m². garden.

Glenveagh is advocating for a program of ‘100% clean’ housing developments instead of apartments for single adults, young couples, families and older couples.

The company says there is no demand for apartments outside Dublin’s M50 and limited demand inside the capital’s busiest ring road.