Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (110)

Claire Kerrane

Question:

110. Deputy Claire Kerrane asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the housing construction permitted during Covid-19, in particular one-off rural housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7649/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Government announced that additional public health restrictions would apply under Level 5 of the Plan for Living with COVID-19 on 6 January 2021. The additional restrictions required all construction activity to cease from 6pm on Friday 8 January, with a number of exceptions. These measures are set out in The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No. 10) Regulations 2020 (as amended).

With regard to private housing development, the Regulations provided that housing and construction works ongoing on 8 January could continue where the works required to render the property capable of occupation were scheduled for completion by 31 January 2021.

On 26 January, the Government announced that the current level 5 restrictions will remain until 5 March 2021. Accordingly, no extension has been provided beyond 31 January in respect of private housing development. These restrictions on construction will remain in place until 5 March.