Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (312)

Pádraig O'Sullivan

Question:

312. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the social and affordable housing developments under construction across local authorities in Cork city and county; the number of units, location and expected completion date of each in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6687/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department publishes comprehensive programme level statistics on a quarterly basis on social housing delivery activity. This data is available to the end of Quarter 3 2020 and data for Quarter 4 2020 is currently being compiled. This data is published on the statistics page of my Department’s website, at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/6060e-overall-social-housing-provision/. This provides information for a number of categories of social housing delivery at local authority level, but does not include a breakdown by local electoral area.

My Department has also published the Quarter 3 2020 Social Housing Construction Status Report, which provides details of all social housing developments under construction in each local authority. The report is available at the following link: https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-obrien-publishes-social-housing-construction-status-report-for-q2-2020-2/. The data for Quarter 4 2020 is being compiled and the report will be published as soon as it is available. The timing of completion and tenanting of homes is a matter for each local authority.

Budget 2021 provided €3.3 billion for the delivery of housing. Subject to the impact of the covid related restrictions on the construction sector, the available funding will deliver 12,750 new social homes through build, acquisition and leasing. A major focus of this investment is the delivery of new build, with an overall target of 9,500 new homes, in addition to 800 acquisitions and 2,450 homes to be delivered through leasing programmes.

Funding of €127 million, in support of 35 projects in 14 local authority areas, has been approved in principle for infrastructure works on sites that will support the delivery of almost 3,200 homes over two Serviced Site Fund (SSF) calls. The full details of all 35 SSF projects, 9 of which are in Cork, that have been granted approval in principle, can be found at the following links:

https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-murphy-gives-the-go-ahead-for-ten-local-authority-sites-for-affordable-housing-under-the-serviced-sites-fund/, and

https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-murphy-approves-funding-of-e84m-to-support-delivery-of-1770-affordable-homes-under-the-ssf/.

There is currently one SSF project in Cork under construction, which will be the first SSF project to assist in the delivery of affordable purchase homes. It is expected that the first phase of the Boherboy Road project in Cork City will deliver affordable homes in mid 2021.

Question No. 313 answered with Question No. 301.