Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (766)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

766. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if local authorities are free to provide direct build local authority houses for rural dwellers that can provide a site through family or other means; his plans to ensure that this means of addressing the housing lists at local level can be encouraged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10115/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

It is a matter for each local authority to determine the nature, location and relative priority of individual social housing projects for their areas. In submitting proposals for funding to my Department in respect of new social housing projects, local authorities may include proposals for single social houses in rural areas where they have identified and prioritised such need and the issue of site availability is one for the local authority.

Local authorities now have substantial pipelines of new social construction housing projects, ranging from larger to smaller scale developments, details of which have been published and are available on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link:

http://rebuildingireland.ie/install/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Q3-2017-Construction-Status-Report.pdf .

I am keen that they advance all of these as soon as possible and have assured them that funding is available to fully support their efforts in this regard.

Question No. 767 answered with Question No. 757.