Four Dublin councils come together to tackle on-going housing crisis

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett 

Dublin’s four local authorities have launched a new initiative in a new drive to support the Dublin housing market.

They have issued a joint call to home builders and housing developers basically offering houses and apartments with planning permission in unbuilt or partially commenced developments to the four councils.

Under this scheme, the four Dublin councils will purchase the homes in advance  to activate or reboot the project. When the homes are completed, they will be allocated to people on the housing list, sold as affordable homes, or made available for cost rental as part of an affordable housing scheme. 

AnnMarie Farrelly, Fingal County Council CE who is also chair of the Dublin Housing Delivery Group, said that priority will be given to high-quality projects that can be delivered quickly and also provide value for money.

“We estimate that there are over 55,000 houses and apartments on about 280 sites across the Dublin region that have planning permission but have not been started and there are more that are incomplete,” said Ms Farrelly.

The four councils will consider turnkey residential units in completed developments, or in developments due for completion in 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026. They are also open to joint venture arrangements that include delivery of social and affordable homes with an Approved Housing Body.   

CE of Dublin City Council, Owen Keegan, said: “The four councils will also consider proposals splitting developments into phases and taking homes across multiple schemes. We are open to sitting down with builders and developers and hearing their proposals because the aim of this scheme is to increase local authority housing stock as well as the amount of affordable homes available for sale or through cost rental.” 

CE of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Frank Curran, said: “We want to sign contracts with developers and builders that will allow us to get construction underway during 2023 and thereby secure additional supply of social and affordable homes over the next two to three years.” 

Applications to each Council will be assessed under criteria that includes the delivery programme, with the priority on the early delivery of completed houses and apartments; the suitability and need for social and affordable housing at a location; value for money; and quality of design and construction in accordance with Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage requirements.

Colm Ward, CE of South Dublin County Council, said: “Housing is the biggest issue for citizens in Dublin and this scheme is part of a concerted effort on behalf of the four Dublin Local Authorities to increase the supply of social and affordable homes by providing a high degree of certainty that will allow a builder or a developer to get onto a site to build the houses and apartments they already have planning permission for.” 

Details of the scheme are available from the website of each of the four Dublin local authorities.

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