Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1364, 1365, 1366, 1367, 1368, 1369)

Bríd Smith

Question:

1364. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if an organisation (details supplied) informed Dublin City Council 28 days prior to 7 March 2018 that the site on which the organisation is building 72 homes would not be completed on time. [12870/19]

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Bríd Smith

Question:

1365. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government in the event that an organisation (details supplied) received an extension of one year to complete works on a site, whether it informed Dublin City Council that the work would not be completed. [12871/19]

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Bríd Smith

Question:

1366. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if a site (details supplied) is legally owned by an organisation. [12872/19]

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Bríd Smith

Question:

1367. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the reason Dublin City Council has not complied with the conditions of the Land Registry deeds will be investigated. [12873/19]

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Bríd Smith

Question:

1368. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the land allocated for a linear park at a location (details supplied) will be returned. [12874/19]

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Bríd Smith

Question:

1369. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government whether the lands at a location (details supplied) belong to the parks or housing departments of Dublin City Council. [12875/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1364 to 1369, inclusive, together.

Delivery of social housing is achieved using a range of delivery programmes and financing arrangements. This includes supporting both local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) to engage with contractors for the construction of new social housing homes.

Through local authorities, my Department provides AHBs with access to a range of funding streams to assist with the delivery of social housing, including the Capital Advance Leasing Facility (CALF). The CALF is a facility, which is exclusively available to AHBs to assist them in accessing private or Housing Finance Agency (HFA) finance for the purchase, construction or refurbishment of units that will then be made available for social housing purposes under the Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP).

It should be noted that local authorities and AHBs work together to ensure timely completion of projects. In relation to the project referred to by the Deputy, in April 2018, an extension of duration of permission for planning for this site was granted by Dublin City Council until 6 May 2019, within which time the works must be completed.

There are two separate systems for recording transactions in relation to property in Ireland and they are the Registry of Deeds system operated by the Registry of Deeds and the Registration of Title system operated by the Land Registry; both systems are under the control and management of the Property Registration Authority. Arrangements have been put in place by all bodies under the aegis of my Department to facilitate the provision of information directly to members of the Oireachtas. The contact email address for the Property Registration Authority is reps@prai.ie.

I, as Minister, am not a party to the land disposal agreements between local authorities and AHBs nor am I a party to the contractual agreements between an AHB and a developer or contractor. From enquiries made by my Department, the land disposal for this site was completed in June 2016.