Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (341)

Cormac Devlin

Question:

341. Deputy Cormac Devlin asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the strategic housing developments approved by An Bord Pleanála as of 31 October 2020 including details of the local authority, the number of units per development and the status of each development in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38004/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 (the Act) introduced new streamlined arrangements to enable planning applications for strategic housing developments (SHDs) of 100 housing units or more, or student accommodation or shared accommodation developments of 200 bed spaces or more, to be made directly to An Bord Pleanála for determination.

Since the new SHD arrangements came into operation up until end October 2020, the Board had received 265 SHD applications and had decided 230 cases. The Board had granted permission in 168 cases in respect of a total of 44,042 housing units (comprising 12,229 houses, 24,839 apartments and 6,974 build to rent), as well as 195 shared accommodation units and 11,934 student bed spaces under the SHD arrangements.

The number of developments and the number of housing units or student bed spaces in respect of which permission has been granted under the SHD arrangements is broken down on a local authority basis in the table below:

Local Authority

No. of Applications Granted Permission

Houses

Apartments

BTR

Total Residential

Shared Accommodation

Student Bed spaces

Cork City Council

15

1,020

1,520

319

2,859

0

1,584

Cork County Council

5

1,182

458

0

1,640

0

0

Dublin City Council

40

12

5,384

4,933

10,329

0

3,657

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

33

980

5,595

796

7,371

195

3,571

Fingal County Council

11

514

1,695

0

2,209

0

0

Galway City Council

8

182

546

0

728

0

2,236

Galway County Council

2

284

56

0

340

0

0

Kildare County Council

16

2,847

2,003

0

4,850

0

483

Laois County Council

1

115

40

0

155

0

0

Louth County Council

5

494

620

0

1,114

0

0

Meath County Council

9

1,804

1,559

0

3,363

0

0

South Dublin County Council

15

1,500

4,255

926

6,681

0

403

Tipperary County Council

1

112

105

0

217

0

0

Waterford City and County Council

1

199

144

0

343

0

0

Westmeath County Council

1

237

189

0

426

0

0

Wexford County Council

1

231

65

0

296

0

0

Wicklow County Council

4

516

605

0

1,121

0

0

Grand Total

168

12,229

24,839

6,974

44,042

195

11,934

The status of individual developments which have been granted permission under the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, is not routinely maintained by my Department given that some 30,000 planning permissions are granted nationally on an annual basis. My Department has conducted periodic research on the activation rate of SHD permissions and the most recent data in this regard would indicate that works have commenced on 29% of SHD permissions granted to date since the arrangements came into operation. There can be some delay, for various reasons, in the activation of housing developments post the granting of permission. In this regard, if permissions granted in 2020 are excluded from the calculations, the data indicates that works have commenced on 45% of the SHD permissions granted in 2018 (when the first permissions were granted) and 2019.