Housing, Local Government and Heritage | Delivery of the Housing For All Programme
To ask the Minister for Housing; Local Government and Heritage the extent to which his Department has identified issues deemed to impede the provision of much-needed affordable housing on State lands throughout the country; if he expects to be in a position to address the issue in due course; if the issues that currently impede a speedy and efficient public authority response to the affordable housing crisis will be resolved at an early date in order to ensure delivery of the Housing For All Programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Housing for All is the Government’s plan to increase the supply of housing to an average of 33,000 per year over the next decade. Under Housing for All, the Government aims to deliver 54,000 affordable homes between now and 2030, to be facilitated by local authorities, Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs), the Land Development Agency (LDA) and through a strategic partnership between the State and retail banks.
The LDA has an immediate focus on managing the State’s own lands to develop new homes, and regenerate under-utilised sites. In the longer-term, it will assemble strategic land-banks from a mix of public and private lands making these available for housing in a controlled manner, which is expected to bring essential more long-term stability to the Irish housing market.
Through Housing for All, the Government is providing a range of supports to accelerate the delivery of social and affordable housing on state lands including strengthening the legislative underpinning of the LDA’s role and making significant investment funding available to provide social and affordable housing on those lands.
The LDA has already started building homes on state lands. The Agency are working in partnership with Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council and have commenced construction of 597 social and affordable homes at Shanganagh Co. Dublin. On completion, this will be the largest public housing scheme in the state, delivering on the LDA’s mission to unlock state land to deliver large scale affordable housing projects.
Further projects are in the pipeline and details can be found in the Q4 2022 Housing for All progress report https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/9d2ee-housing-for-all-quarterly-progress-reports/
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