Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (548)

Imelda Munster

Question:

548. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of houses purchased and or acquired by compulsory purchase order by Louth County Council in 2017 and to date in 2018; and the number of houses purchased in Drogheda, County Meath by address and purchase cost, in tabular form. [41145/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department publishes information on the social homes built, acquired and leased by each local authority, which is available at the following link: www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/social-and-affordble/overall-social-housing-provision. My Department does not have information on the precise method through which the range of such properties were acquired, whether involving compulsory purchase orders or otherwise. The majority of property acquisitions by local authorities are carried out under delegated sanction, without a prior approval from my Department.

Specific information on the acquisition programme of Louth County Council may be available from the local authority itself.

My Department will continue to support Louth County Council and other local authorities in their work to acquire properties, particularly vacant properties where these can be remediated and made available for social housing.