Tuesday 22 January 2019

Councils must seal affordable homes deals by end of month

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Councils have been given until the end of the month to seal deals with developers to provide affordable homes in return for State funding.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has approved plans to build up to 10,000 new homes, but none have been approved in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and other local authorities due to ongoing rows over the price to be charged.

Last March, the Government announced a €226m Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund to be used to build roads, bridges and other services needed for development.

Some 23,000 homes by 2021 were promised, in 34 projects across 15 local authority areas.

In return for the cash, developers had to agree to provide affordable homes on-site.

But in areas of high demand where prices are highest, including South Dublin, local authorities cannot strike deals.

The Irish Independent has learned that 18 of the 34 projects have been approved to date, which will deliver 10,000 homes, of which 2,000 will be social units.

Irish Independent

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