Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Ceisteanna (75)

Dessie Ellis

Ceist:

75. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the housing PPPs in view of the fact that five schemes were to be rolled out nationally and to date none have commenced; the commencement date of these PPPs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9701/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The Social Housing PPP Programme involves an investment with a capital value of €300 million, with the aim of delivering 1,500 social housing homes in total, via three bundles.

The first bundle, comprising a total of six PPP sites, will provide over 500 homes in the Greater Dublin Area. Two of the sites are located in the Dublin City Council area with one each in the County Council areas of South Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Louth. Part 8 planning permission has been granted by the relevant local authorities for all six sites. The contract notice commencing the PPP tender competition was issued in May 2017. Following prequalification assessments, the following three candidates were shortlisted to proceed to tender in October 2017:

- BAM PPP PGGM Cooperatie U.A;

- Comhar;

- Torc Housing Partnership.

The full tender documents were issued to the tenderers in December 2017 and the dialogue period is presently on-going. Tenders for Bundle 1 are due to be submitted in June 2018.

The second bundle, comprising eight PPP sites, will provide over 450 new homes. Three of the sites are located in County Cork, with one in each in the cities of Galway and Waterford and the counties of Clare, Kildare and Roscommon. The social housing is being developed at all these sites in co-operation with the relevant local authorities. The Part 8 planning permission process is currently in progress for these sites.

The identification and selection of sites for the third project bundle is at a preliminary stage.

It is expected that construction on the first bundle of sites will commence later this year, with units becoming available towards the end of 2019.