€40.7m marked for Fingal housing

by Gazette Reporter
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MORE than €40.7m will be spent over the next three years on buying and building new homes for those on the housing list, according to Fingal County Council.
The announcement was made at a recent half-day seminar and debate on the area’s accommodation needs.
Fingal Mayor Mags Murray (FF) and chief executive Paul Reid joined Local Government Minister Alan Kelly at the seminar.
The meeting was hosted by the chair of the local authority’s housing strategic policy committee, Cllr Ken Farrell (Lab).
Reid said: “Fingal will provide almost 50% of new homes in Dublin in the years ahead.
“Fingal also has a huge task to deliver social housing and this need is more urgent as the rental market continues to be under pressure and homelessness is a real issue.
“Fingal County Council’s revenue budget for 2015 plans for spending of €43m, an increase in €3m on 2014, on housing and building.
“Our capital programme plans for spending €40.7m over the next three years to buy and build new homes for those on our housing list.”
Minister Kelly confirmed an additional €4m for the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive to provide homeless services for the four Dublin local authorities in 2014.
Reid said: “Solving a housing crisis is not a simple task.
“Our integrated plan to deliver housing for the future in Fingal focuses on real investment, proper planning, developing future-proofed infrastructure, close collaboration with stakeholders, policy innovation and maximising existing resources.
“We will need to deliver on all of these things if we are to provide good quality affordable homes for those who can buy them and those who will rent them in future in Fingal.”
Cllr Anne Devitt (Ind) welcomed the allocation.
She said: “Fingal is the area with the most zoned land, the best infrastructure and it’s all ready to go.
“Seven thousand houses are to be built and most will be social houses.”
She said these would not be the standard council developments seen in the past.
“Of all the housing needed, over 70% is for three people or fewer.
“The biggest group on the housing list is family groups of three people or fewer, which means the type of unit we will be providing is not three-bed, terraced or semi-detached houses with front and back gardens; there will be multiple units.”

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