Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (423)

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

423. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the sites owned by Louth County Council that were purchased by the local authority since 2000 for the purpose of developing public housing; if public or voluntary housing has been constructed on the sites; the purchase price of each individual site and the year each site was purchased by the council; the amount of moneys owed capital and interest on loans taken out for the purchase of each site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51069/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The purchase and sale of assets including land, and the subsequent use or disposal of same is a matter for individual local authorities and my Department would not be in a position to comment on same.

My Department supports local authorities in the development of their lands for social housing under a wide range of funding schemes and the pipelines of activity are published on a quarterly basis on the Rebuilding Ireland website at the following link: 

https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-murphy-publishes-social-housing-construction-status-report-for-q2-2019-2/.

As can be seen from the Quarter 2 2019 Construction Status Report, Louth County Council had an overall programme of 96 schemes or phases of schemes, delivering over 1,000 new build homes under Rebuilding Ireland. 432 homes had been completed since 2016, 322 were onsite at end June, and the remainder were progressing through various stages of approval. The Quarter 3 2019 Report will be published shortly and is expected to demonstrate further expansion of the overall pipeline of activity.

Social Housing Statistical Outputs dating back to 2000 are also available on my Department's website at the following link:

https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/social-and-affordble/overall-social-housing-provision.