Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (652)

Eoin Ó Broin


652. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when the housing supply and demand report will be published. [5110/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The latest iteration of the National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand is the subject of ongoing engagement between my Department and the Housing Agency.

The preparation of reports of this kind derived from a commitment in the Construction 2020 Strategy, published in May 2014, predating both Rebuilding Ireland and the National Planning Framework (NPF) published as part of project Ireland 2040. It has served a very useful purpose in bringing together relevant housing statistics and projecting forward likely demand.

In the intervening period, considerable work on housing supply data has now transferred to the Central Statistics Office, and the population and settlement patterns projections have been developed for the NPF based on work undertaken by the ESRI. These projections are now being followed through into the Regional Economic and Spatial Strategies and will be further reflected in development plans thereafter. One of the important components at local level in determining both supply and demand for housing, will be the proposal, in the context of National Policy Objective 37 of the NPF, for a "Housing Need Demand Assessment" (HDNA) to be undertaken for each local authority area in order to correlate and accurately align future housing requirements. This will assist local authorities to develop long-term strategic views of housing need across all tenures. My Department will be providing guidance to authorities in this regard later this year.

My Department is considering how the aggregate view of HDNA will feed into national reporting, including in particular in monitoring and assessing delivery and performance in line with NPF objectives. I envisage that this will mean that the current form of the Housing Agency's Statement of Housing Supply and Demand will evolve, to reflect the aforementioned developments. My Department will be working with the Housing Agency, the ESRI and local authorities in this regard and, in the short term, will be considering the matter in the context of the latest iteration of the Housing Agency's work, on foot of which the issue of publication will be considered further.