Minister Murphy publishes details of further progress on Social Housing Schemes, including 2,700 under construction

Published on Friday, 29 Sep 2017
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The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, Eoghan Murphy T.D. today (29 September, 2017), published an updated status list of social housing construction schemes that are advancing nationwide, following on from the previous status list published in May, 2017.

“Today, I’m publishing an updated Social Housing Construction Status Report – covering the period up to the end of Quarter 2 of this year. This is a list of all the approved social housing construction projects that are either on site or are being designed and developed – and it also includes projects that were completed since 2016, when we started Rebuilding Ireland.

”We want to be very open with everybody regarding what is being done in this critical area of building new social homes. This publication of the construction projects allows my colleagues in the Oireachtas, Elected Councillors, the public, and the media to see where new construction projects are approved and how they are advancing”, said Minister Murphy.

“There has been much media and political commentary on the importance of building new social housing and we would all like this to happen within weeks, or a few months. In spite of the massive funding that we have set aside for this purpose – some €5.35 billion – it takes time to deliver new social homes, especially when you consider the emphasis we are placing on good, long-term planning. Thankfully, each month we are seeing more and more projects start and finish on site, with keys to new homes being handed over to people on the waiting list. This is our key objective and through these projects, we are increasingly seeing the progress we need”, added Minister Murphy

This is the third Social Housing Construction Status Report published and since the last Report, which was to the end of quarter 1 of 2017, the number of construction projects included has risen from just over 600 to almost 700 schemes, or phases of schemes. The number of new, individual social homes these projects are providing has also risen from over 10,000 to over 11,000 and increasing all the time.

Over 100 projects on the list are now completed, giving us over 1,100 new homes, the majority of which have been tenanted by now. A further 160 projects are on site and under construction as we speak, with around 2,700 new homes being delivered through them. 

“I have assured all local authorities concerned that funding is in place to support their new social housing activity and we won’t let up in our commitment and determination to get new social homes delivered as quickly as we can, but also in a way that will build communities that serve our citizens’ needs”, stated Minister Murphy.  “Alongside new construction,  we are using a range of other social housing delivery methods, including harnessing vacant properties, purchasing suitable properties from the market, and securing new properties under long-term lease agreements.”

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Notes for Editors

What’s in this Report?

This Report includes details of all construction projects, broken down by programme and Local Authority. It shows progress at each stage of the project life-cycle, from projects that are just commencing to projects that are completed.

This delivery includes:

  • Construction by Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies,
  • Regeneration Projects,
  • Capital Assistance Schemes (CAS) projects - which delivers specialist social housing for specific groups such as people with disabilities and older people,
  • Rapid Delivery projects, and,
  • Projects funded under the Capital Advance and Leasing Facility (CALF) - where Approved Housing Bodies receive an upfront Exchequer amount, borrow the rest and receive on-going Exchequer payments (Payment & Availability Agreements).

The Report does not include:

  • The projects under the Social Housing Public Private Partnership programme,
  • Voids - refurnished Local Authority homes (2,300 in 2016),
  • Acquisitions.

In total, there are 697 schemes listed as at end Q2 2017, to deliver new 11,049 homes.

The Schemes are listed by Local Authority and their stage of approval through the 4 Stage approval process.

  • 180 are @ Stage 1 (delivering 2,804 homes)
  • 104 are @ Stage 2 (delivering 1,512 homes)
  • 49  are @ Stage 3 (delivering 649 homes)
  • 92 are @ Stage 4 (delivering 2,267)
  • 162 are on site (delivering 2,711)
  • 110 completed (delivering 1,106)

The Report will continue to be updated and published quarterly.

Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness

Backed by funding of €5.35 billion, Rebuilding Ireland is a whole-of-Government Plan split into 5 key pillars designed to:

1.         Comprehensively address homelessness;

2.         Increase the supply of social housing by 47,000 units by 2021,

3.         Increase the total output of all housing supply (social, private and rental) to at least 25,000 per annum by 2021,

4.         Improve and modernise the rental sector, and,

5.         Make the best use of the housing stock

The Rebuilding Ireland plan and related quarterly progress reports are available to read and download on www.rebuildingireland.ie

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