Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Questions (318)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

318. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the extent to which sites serviced or unserviced can be made available by county to assist families that may be able to provide their own houses on such sites if available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52158/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

A number of options are available to local authorities in meeting social housing needs, and these include the provision of low cost sites to persons qualified for social housing support on which they would build their own homes. Another option which could be utilised by a local authority, where it considers it appropriate, is the transfer of a site from a person qualified for social housing to the local authority, and the building of a social house on the site by the local authority, to be tenanted by the person who transferred the site.

It is a matter for the local authorities to select and prioritise projects under the various programmes they implement, to meet their overall housing need.  They are responsible for the identification of the social housing need in their areas and for the development of appropriate responses to meet that need.