The National Disability Authority (NDA) advises that progressing new home design and construction from a Universal Design approach needs to be established policy, recognising in particular that the general population is getting older, persons with disabilities are living longer and are, in some cases, out-living their traditional care-givers, e.g. their parents/siblings. This trend will continue to put pressure on traditional housing solutions when someone can no longer live independently e.g. nursing homes. In tandem with the necessary health and social care support packages, homes built using a Universal Design approach offer a solution that gives people the option to remain in their homes and communities for longer, thus reducing their need for long-term and expensive care homes; keeping them connected to family, friends and place, thus helping their mental health and well-being. Finding suitable and appropriate homes that can accommodate our changing needs over time can be difficult – whether for families with young children, a person with a temporary or permanent injury, someone with a disability, or an older person living independently. Universal Design can meet everyone’s needs through flexible homes designed to adapt to lifecycle and lifestyle patterns of people over time.
It is considered that with regard to the economic and social benefits of aggregate extraction, a long-term secure supply of aggregates and valued added products should be balanced carefully against the potential for environmental and other effects. Nonetheless, it is important to ensure that the future interpretation of county development plan policies does not result in the sterilisation of aggregate resources and does not prevent the secure, long-term supply of construction aggregates and related value-added products, such as concrete blocks and road and house making materials.
The Global Plan for Nature calls for a half wild planet. Fully 30% of planet must be left to nature and protected by a 20% buffer zone. When the international campaign to make Ecocide a crime against humanity is achieved, it will become possible to implement. If we accept it as a valid aim, we need to think about local planning differently.
In our view, this Feasibility Study will underpin the case for continuing MetroLink to South West Dublin and this should be included in the SDCC Development Plan. Implementing this modification of MetroLink would bring big improvements in sustainable movement for many residents in South West Dublin.