Thursday, 5 July 2012

Questions (109)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

109 Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when it is hoped that the national housing survey will be completed; if this involves visiting every housing estate in the State or at least every housing estate that has not been taken in charge by the local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32894/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

The National Housing Survey 2012 commenced in June and will be conducted over the summer months. Following on from previous surveys, conducted in 2010 and 2011, it will assess those housing estates which remain incomplete and which were commenced from 1 January 2007. In exceptional circumstances, it may include estates which pre-date this but whose attributes merit inclusion; otherwise, the normal taking-in-charge conditions which are specified in the planning codes apply to such developments.

The reports of previous housing surveys of unfinished estates have been a useful tool when responding to the difficulties presented and it is anticipated that the 2012 survey will similarly inform policy and practice and assist stakeholders in discharging their responsibilities in respect of these incomplete developments.

The data gathered as part of the survey will be collated and published in the autumn.