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Council aims to meet housing target

Friday, 17th August, 2018 6:00pm
Council aims to meet housing target

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy (centre) during a visit to a Fingal County Council construction site at Racecourse Common, Lusk. FILE PHOTO: KEVIN McFEELY

Council aims to meet housing target

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy (centre) during a visit to a Fingal County Council construction site at Racecourse Common, Lusk. FILE PHOTO: KEVIN McFEELY

FINGAL County Council delivered 31 new build homes between January and March this year, according to figures released by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy.

This represents almost 19 percent of the national total of Local Authority New Builds during the period.

The January-March 2018 Social Housing Construction Projects Status Report sets out the continuing progress being made in advancing the national Local Authority and Approved Housing Body new-build pipeline under the Rebuilding Ireland programme and tracks it against 2018 targets.

The council’s Director of Housing, Margaret Geraghty, said: “We have ambitious targets to achieve under the Rebuilding Ireland programme in 2018 and the construction of new houses is a key part of that.  

“We have our programme up and running and we are planning to deliver 408 newly built homes in 2018.”

Fingal has the second highest housing delivery target in the country for 2018 under the Rebuilding Ireland programme with 1,637 units earmarked. These will be delivered through a number of mechanisms including build, acquisitions, Part V, voids, leasing, HAP and delivery via Approved Housing Bodies. 

Ms Geraghty said: “Our target for the first three years of the Rebuilding Ireland programme from 2015 to 2017 was 1,376 and our target for 2018 is in excess of that.  

“It is a challenging target but we are determined to do everything we can to meet it and so far the indicators are positive.”

Minister Murphy said: “Earlier this year I committed to creating more transparency around local authority targets and delivery, and in April I published the full list of targets broken down by local authority. 

“We publish activity as measured against those targets for the first quarter of the year. Clear progress is being made across each delivery area but more needs to be done.”

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