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Social and Affordable Housing

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 3 November 2020

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Questions (631)

Eoin Ó Broin


631. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the average cost of Part V units in each local authority for 2018 and 2019, in tabular form. [33329/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Following the introduction of changes to Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000, effected through the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015 (the relevant sections of which were commenced with effect from 1 September 2015), the range of options available through which Part V obligations might be satisfied was reduced. In particular, the payment of cash in lieu of homes or the transfer of sites or parts of sites was removed, and instead the remaining options are focused on the delivery of completed homes.

The current options for Part V delivery are:

- the transfer of ownership of land, subject to the planning permission application, to a local authority for the provision of social housing (the default option);

- the building and transfer of ownership to the local authority, or persons nominated, of completed social housing homes on the site subject to the planning permission;

- the transfer of ownership to the local authority, or persons nominated, of completed social housing homes on other land;

- the long term leasing of social housing homes; and

- a combination of the options above.

The table attached, which includes data from 2016 onwards, sets out an indicative average cost of Part V delivered units for each local authority based on the information submitted to the Department.

Part V Table

The Programme for Government commits to increasing the social housing stock by over 50,000 over the next five years, with an emphasis on new builds, and to ensuring that local authorities are central to delivering housing. Since taking up office, this commitment has been my key priority and focus. This is evidenced in the recently announced Budget 2021 which provides record funding for housing, an overall investment of €3.3 billion, that will support the delivery of 12,750 new homes, 9,500 of which will be delivered through build programmes.