Parliamentary Question: Tenant Purchase Scheme Administration

Question to the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. Alan Kelly, TD)

To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government when he will introduce regulations to provide for a new tenant purchase scheme; when a new scheme will become operative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 10, June, 2015.

REPLY

Part 3 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 provides for a new scheme for the tenant purchase of existing local authority houses along incremental purchase lines. The Government’s Social Housing Strategy 2020includes a commitment to make the Regulations necessary for its introduction, in the second quarter of 2015, which will set out the full details of the new scheme. It is expected that the new scheme will commence at the earliest possible date following the making of the Regulations which are at an advanced stage of drafting.

Posted under Environment, Parliamentary Questions, Social, Social Protection

€200 million for local authority housing will reduce waiting lists in Cork and create jobs – Buttimer

Wednesday, 1st April 2015

  • €200 million allocated for local authority housing in Cork.
  • Funding forms part of the Government’s €3.8 billion social housing strategy announced last November. 

In Cork, over €200 million has been allocated to the City and County Councils for local authority housing. This will greatly reduce waiting lists and provides hope for the thousands of families who are waiting for suitable housing.

Cork City Council is to receive €124 million for local authority housing which is expected to meet 21% of housing needs in the City. The County area is to receive over €80 million, which is expected to meet 25% of the total demand. This is not even including the Housing Assistance Payment which will help to further reduce demand on our housing waiting list.

Along with all local authorities, both Councils in Cork have been asked to bring forward the housing unit targets and specific building projects it has planned for now to 2017. As part of the strategy, targets had to be agreed with each local authority in 2015. It is expected that this funding will help create 2,566 housing units in Cork City and County.

In total across the country, over €1.5 billion will be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes by local authorities designed to accommodate 25% of those currently on the housing waiting lists in social housing. Approximately 300 separate building proposals by local authorities are currently being assessed by the Department of Environment and will be announced in a number of phases starting this month. Construction is already underway for social housing in approximately 33 sites throughout the country.

Across Cork this funding will help to create and sustain approximately 1,600 jobs in the construction sector which was so badly affected by the economic crash of recent years. This is a really important part of the Government’s plan to spread job creation and economic recovery to all counties around Ireland so that everyone can feel the benefit.

Local Authority

Provisional Funding Allocation

Targets 2015 – 2017

Impact on Housing Need Assessment Numbers %

Approx Jobs Figures

Cork City Council

124,390,671

1349

21%

995

Cork County Council

80,555,618

1217

25%

644

National Total

1,505,351,200

22,882

12043

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Development, Douglas, Employment, Environment, National Work

Parliamentary Question: Planning Issues

Question to the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. Alan Kelly, TD)

To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government regarding the planning and development regulations, the definition of a “pond”; when such a definition came into effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on Thursday, 12 March 2015.

REPLY

Pond is not defined in the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, as amended.

Class 6 of Part 1 of Schedule 2, Part 1 (Exempted development – General) of the regulations includes an exemption from the requirement to obtain planning permission for the construction of any path, drain or pond or the carrying out of any landscaping works within the curtilage of a house. The condition attached to this exemption is that the level of the ground shall not be altered by more than 1 metre above or below the level of the adjoining ground.

Works relating to the construction or maintenance of any gully, drain, pond, trough, pit or culvert, the widening or deepening of watercourses, the removal of obstructions from watercourses and the making or repairing of embankments in connection with any of the foregoing works is also exempted development under Class 3, Schedule 2, Part 3 (Exempted development – Rural) of the regulations.

Posted under Environment, Parliamentary Questions