Sunday 17 December 2017

Solution to the housing crisis is under our noses and would regenerate cities, towns and villages

'The latest Census data tells us there are more than 180,000 vacant homes across the State'. Stock photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
'The latest Census data tells us there are more than 180,000 vacant homes across the State'. Stock photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

It's a solution to the housing crisis that's right under our nose.

News that the Government will not publish its strategy to tackle the appalling under-use of existing housing stock until the autumn is a damning indictment of an administration which appears more concerned with building new homes than using what's already there.

The latest Census data tells us there are more than 180,000 vacant homes across the State. Bringing even 50,000 of them back into use would represent the equivalent of two years' supply and help ease the housing crisis. And there's also vast potential to convert disused commercial premises, including shops, into homes.

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