Tuesday 22 August 2017

Work under way on 4,800 new homes for capital

Another 196 schemes, delivering more than 3,000 homes, will begin next year (Stock photo)
Another 196 schemes, delivering more than 3,000 homes, will begin next year (Stock photo)
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Construction work is under way on 126 housing schemes across Dublin - which will deliver some 4,800 new homes.

An update of the Government's housing strategy also reveals that 21 local authorities across the country have submitted plans to benefit from the €200m local infrastructure fund, which aims to unlock prime housing sites through provision of essential services.

Some applications have been made with private developers, but the total amount sought is not yet known. The fund is designed to deliver services, including roads and improved drainage, to help deliver up to 20,000 homes by 2019. Some €50m will be spent next year.

Separately, a survey of development lands in State ownership will be completed in the first three months of next year, which could also help drive delivery, the report says.

The Rebuilding Ireland update also says the number of house completions nationally so far this year is up 18pc to 10,500, and by 35pc in the greater Dublin area to 4,410.

However, it admits there have been delays implementing six of the 33 action areas outlined in the plan and now due - they include a delay in the introduction of an affordable rental scheme, and a review of Department of Housing processes to approve housing projects. These will be completed shortly, the department said.

Launched on July 19, Rebuilding Ireland aims to deliver 47,000 social homes by 2021 at a cost of €5.35bn, of which 26,000 will be built, and the remainder purchased or leased. Some 355 social housing schemes, totalling 5,206 units, have been approved, and 74 schemes delivering 1,424 units have started or will be underway by year end. This compares with a total of 74 homes delivered last year.

Another 196 schemes, delivering more than 3,000 homes, will begin next year. The update says that a target to deliver 4,200 social homes through acquisition, new build or lease would be met.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney said that a pilot scheme in Dublin to provide accommodation for homeless people was ahead of target, with some 530 units of 550 places promised by year-end already delivered.

"This implementation report is very encouraging and records some significant early achievements," he said. "We've outlined the scale of our ambition, now we must deliver on it."

Irish Independent

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