Kildare-Newbridge MD councillor Tracey O’Dwyer has sought confirmation of what percentage of council housing stock in the MD ‘could be identified as universal design i.e. appropriate housing for people with disabilities.’
Her question was raised at the March meeting of the MD, but a written report noted that units in Kildare Co Council ownership are not identified as being designed to Universal Design standards.
‘Units delivered by Kildare Co Council are delivered in line with Kildare Co Council’s Plan for Housing Persons with a Disability 2016 (currently being reviewed). This strategy requires 10% of units acquired and 12% of units are constructed to be suitable for persons with a disability.
‘All new units are designed to accord with the Building Regulations. Part M of the Building Regulations covers access and use, and this is the standard that Kildare Co Council is funded to construct new units to, under the Capital Programme. Universal Design standards exceed Part M of the Building Regulations.
‘In a small number of cases Kildare Co Council construct new dwellings under the Capital Programme, to accommodate a person with a specific need, where an occupational therapist’s report is available and this specific design receives approval from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
‘In addition, Kildare Co Council carries out adaptations or constructs extensions to existing units where a specific need has been identified based on an occupational therapist’s report and a source of funding has been secured.’