At a special meeting of dlr County Council in February, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, briefed local councillors about the five pillars of Rebuilding Ireland, illustrating the challenges that lie ahead for all local authorities. Minister Murphy stressed that the new focus in local authorities is building more homes. The aim country-wide is to deliver 50,000 homes and it is the first time in the history of the State that €6 billion has been specifically allocated for a dedicated housing programme.
dlr’s housing delivery target over the next four years will be 1,687 social housing homes. This target excludes the Rental Accommodation Scheme and Housing Assistance Payment Scheme. It also omits re-let figures which average 150 allocations per year. dlr’s housing delivery programme in this period is ambitious, yet the Council is confident that it can deliver these numbers of dwellings for those who require it in our area. The homes will be provided through construction, Part Vs and Acquisitions. dlr already exceeded targets set for the three year period up to end 2017 by 37%, with the delivery of 933 dwellings.
The Council is currently active on eight social housing sites across the county, ranging from 2 to 50 homes. Two of the larger sites, Rosemount Court in Dundrum and Fitzgerald Park, Mountown, Dún Laoghaire, will deliver 44 and 50 new dwellings respectively. Both of these developments will be handed over to tenants before the end of the year.
dlr will be moving onto larger sites to help address some of the affordability issues in the county, namely St Laurence’s Park in Stillorgan and Shanganagh Castle in Shankill. In addition, the anticipation is that 700 units can be secured for social housing in Cherrywood, dependant on the availability of funding and full planning permission and development of residential zoned lands in this SDZ. The first wave of social housing in this area is expected from 2020.