Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Dáil Eireann Debate
438. Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views on the provision of drying facilities in new and old apartments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8872/10]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy John Gormley): I am aware that many apartment management companies do not permit the drying of clothes on balconies and that this is stipulated in the lease/letting agreement.
Insofar as new apartment developments are concerned, I published Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Design Standards for Apartments in 2007, which state that communal facilities for drying clothes may be provided in well-ventilated areas in some larger schemes. Where such communal facilities are not provided, the Guidelines state that consideration should be given to the provision of drying facilities within each unit, such as the use of screened balconies. A copy of the Guidelines is available on my Department’s website at www.environ.ie. There are no such guidelines in place for apartments which were granted permission or constructed prior to the publication of the 2007 Guidelines.
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