By 2040, the population of Ireland is expected to reach almost 6 million with a need for over 550,000 more homes (roughly 25,000-30,000 new homes every year) and the creation of over 600,000 additional jobs. The NPF envisages that compact growth will be key in relation to supply coming on stream, meaning that there will be more homes provided in towns and villages close to where people work, and where services can be provided.
It will be for Regional Assemblies and Local Authorities to decide on the specific locations for housing through their development plan processes. While the NPF sets the overall national picture, the RSESs and local city and county development plans will provide the detail.
Under the National Development Plan, €11.5 billion will be provided for investment in social housing over the next decade, which will deliver 112,000 new social housing homes, maintaining the increased level of social housing building committed to under Rebuilding Ireland by 2021.