Wednesday 7 December 2016

Government announce details of 30,000 new urban homes over next four years

Published 10/11/2016 | 10:00

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The Government has announced details of key sites in Dublin, Cork and other urban areas which will deliver 30,000 new homes over the next four years.

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A dedicated Housing Delivery Office, based in the Department of Housing, will also be in place to help speed up planning and deliver badly-needed new houses and apartments.

The initiative is part of the Rebuilding Ireland housing plan, which aims to deliver 25,000 new homes every year for the private market, and 47,000 social units.

Speaking this morning, Mr Coveney said the initiatives were part of a drive to increase output. Last year, just under 13,000 new homes were completed, around half the level needed to meet demand.

“Today we are setting out how, with housing providers, we intend to kick-start badly needed additional supply,” he said.

“A key element is the identification of Major Urban Housing Development Sites with the potential to deliver up to 30,000 additional homes, in great locations on existing zoned lands and close to the key areas of demand over the next 3-4 years with even more potential for another 30,000 homes on those lands or a total of 60,000 homes in the long term.

“The initiatives being announced today are part of a drive to upscale the pace of delivery in the places that people need homes most.”

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