Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2935)

Richard Boyd Barrett


2935. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the estimated amount it would cost to increase Part V from 10% to a statutory minimum of 20%. [33563/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Housing Agency commissioned a review of Part V of the Planning & Development Act 2000 and produced a report in 2014 which made certain recommendations as to changes that should be made to the operation of Part V.

It was recommended that Part V should be focused on the delivery of social housing in developments or as a secondary option delivery of housing off-site. It was further recommended that the Part V requirement should be revised to up to 10% social housing units in residential developments. This requirement would copper fasten the original objective of the Part V legislation, that is, the delivery of social housing, combined with the achievement of integration and sustainable mixed-tenure communities across the country. It was also recommended that the other options for land off-site or for monetary payments to local authorities should be discontinued as these options militated against the immediate delivery of social housing.

The requirements for Part V were subsequently amended in line with the recommendations of the review, including discontinuation of the possibility for monetary payments by developers.

The costs associated with increasing the social housing Part V commitment to 20% would be determined by the volume of residential development undertaken, to which Part V applies, and the specific costs associated with individual developments.