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A TENDER FOR the provision of modular housing has been cancelled by Dublin City Council, which could cause delays in housing homeless families.Dublin City Council cancelled the tender for 131 prefab homes after an insufficient number of applicants took up the tender.Modular housing was introduced last year as a quick-build solution to Ireland’s growing housing and homelessness problem.The homes are based around the principle of stacking individual modules together to form a house. The attractions is that they can be produced off-site in factory conditions, and quickly assembled on-site.The first modular homes were due to be completed in a site in Ballymun in December. However, protests as well as intimidation of building staff meant that the project was delayed.Now, the building of other units in sites around Dublin is set to be delayed due to the cancelling of the tender.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Pat Doyle, CEO of the Peter McVerry Trust, said that the cancelling of the tender was down to a technical issue, and that the homes should still be built by the proposed deadline.“This is a technical problem,” said Doyle.“Because of some of the wording [on the tender], it meant that some [developers] couldn’t meet a particular demand on it.”“The project is still on track. The work on the groundwork continues as we speak – getting the sites ready, making sure the services are on site.”Emergency situationThe remaining four sites earmarked for the building of 131 modular homes are in Finglas, Crumlin, Cherry Orchard and Belcamp Avenue.
Examples of modular housing units
As the current housing situation is deemed an emergency, the council didn’t have to seek planning permission for these units.A further 350 modular homes are also due to be built under proper planning procedures over the coming years.Speaking on Morning Ireland, Doyle said that the speed of building of modular homes was their greatest attraction.“We’re very concerned, we support the modular housing,” said Doyle.“That’s fantastic you would get planning permission in 16 weeks.”“We support the project because of the rapid speed.”