Thursday, 13 June 2019

Ceisteanna (241, 242, 243)

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

241. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the timeframe for the delivery of affordable units under the local infrastructure housing activation fund; the location of the units on a local authority basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24817/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

242. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the estimated average price reduction per unit for units provided under the local infrastructure housing activation fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24818/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Darragh O'Brien

Ceist:

243. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the drawdown of funding under LIHAF to date by project; the number of units delivered per project to date; the number projected per project; the number of affordable units to be provided per project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24819/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 241 to 243, inclusive, together.

As a key initiative of the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) is primarily designed to fund the provision of public off-site infrastructure to relieve critical infrastructure blockages and enable housing developments to be built on key sites at scale.

In respect of the delivery of affordable housing, this is being delivered through a range of mechanisms, including the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF); direct delivery from State land supported by the Serviced Sites Fund (SSF); and delivery by the Land Development Agency.

LIHAF, while not put in place as an Affordable Housing Scheme within the normal understanding of that term, is a measure designed to activate housing supply, which is a crucial factor in terms of moderating house prices and thereby improving affordability generally. In addition, a specific affordability dividend is being secured on most projects, either through local affordable housing schemes administered by the local authorities under the LIHAF Programme, or LIHAF cost reduced units. 2,300 affordable homes will be delivered on mainly publicly owned lands supported through LIHAF, subject to planning permission, along with an additional 5,686 homes which will benefit from a LIHAF-related cost reduction, some of which are already coming to market.

Details on all of the LIHAF projects by local authority area, budget allocation, project timeframe and description, and housing delivery have been published on the Rebuilding Ireland website and are available at the following link: www.rebuildingireland.ie/LIHAF.

In terms of LIHAF funding drawdown, thus far, most projects have been at the design and planning stages, with the bulk of expenditure arising during the construction phase, and this is reflected in the level of expenditure to date. As more projects progress further through construction/completion of infrastructure works it is expected that the drawdown will increase significantly during the rest of 2019 and 2020.

The following tables give details of LIHAF drawndown to end Q1 2019 and delivery of projects including affordable units and cost reduced units which are part of the affordable measures being delivered through LIHAF. Further drawdown of funds is envisaged in the coming weeks once Q2 2019 claims are submitted by local authorities.

Local Authority

Project Name

Residential Units Delivered to Date

Cost Reduced/ Affordable LIHAF Units

Cork County

Carrigaline

100

0

Fingal

Oldtown/ Mooretown

144

144 cost reduced

Kildare

Naas

163

150 cost reduced

Meath

Ratoath

82

10 Affordable Units

South Dublin

Adamstown SDZ

325

325 cost reduced

Local Authority

LIHAF Project name

Total funding under LIHAF€M

Drawdown of LIHAF funding to end Q1 2019

Total Projected housing units to be delivered by 2021

Projected Number of Affordable Housing units 

Projected Number of Cost Reduced Housing Units

Clare

Claureen, Ennis

3.66

86,009

200

0

180

Cork City

Old Whitechurch Road

9.89

3,308,511

600

216

0

Cork City

South Docks

15.50

564,225

620

40

0

Cork County

Midleton (Water-rock)

5.50

288,804

520

0

202

Cork County

Carrigaline

0.60

60,624

400

0

0

 Cork County

Glanmire

5.90

156,778

300

0

110

Dublin City

Dodder Bridge

15.75

126,464

1500

450

0

Dublin City

Belmayne Clongriffin

3.00

93,583

850

120

270

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Cherrywood

15.19

333,504

2000

300

0

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Clay Farm

4.70

0

350

0

50

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Woodbrook Shanganagh

4.16

0

1242

390

0

Fingal

Donabate Distributor Road

14.16

6,817,680

1200

40

900

Fingal

Oldtown Mooretown

4.90

302,035

800

0

720

Fingal

Baldoyle Stapolin 

6.18

274,561

500

0

450

Kildare 

Sallins

0.93

654,584

250

0

0

Kildare

Naas

6.00

237,563

800

0

658

Kildare

Maynooth

14.50

205,541

800

0

720

Kilkenny

Ferrybank

0.62

18,626

200

0

0

Kilkenny

Western Environs

6.76

378,827

530

0

423

Limerick

Mungret

10.50

1,168,859

401

60

179

Louth 

Newtown Drogheda

1.22

44,867

200

0

180

Louth 

Mount Avenue Dundalk

3.33

46,854

212

0

63

Meath

Ratoath

3.15

151,596

266

0

20

Meath

Farganstown, Navan

5.68

292,456

400

0

75

South Dublin

Adamstown

20.00

50,290

2000

600

0

South Dublin

Kilcarbery / Corkagh Grange

4.39

226,345

1000

84

0

South Dublin

Clonburris SDZ

3.00

10,681

1000

0

0

Waterford City and County Council

Gracedieu

1.32

52,234

238

0

126

Waterford City and County Council

Kilbarry

3.39

94,590

400

0

360

Westmeath

Brawny Road, Athlone

1.83

52,500

200

0

0

Totals

195.71

16,099,189

19979

2300

5686

Figures are projected from information submitted by Local Authorities and may be subject to change as sites move through the planning process.