Strong progress on Rebuilding Ireland Implementation during 1st Quarter of 2017
Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, today (1 June, 2017) published the Third Quarterly Progress Report on implementation of Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.
Rebuilding Ireland is a whole-of-Government Plan split into 5 key pillars designed to:
- Comprehensively address homelessness;
- Increase the supply of social housing by 47,000 units by 2021,
- Increase the total output of all housing supply (social, private and rental) to at least 25,000 per annum by 2021,
- Improve and modernise the rental sector, and,
- Make the best use of the existing housing stock.
Minister Coveney welcomed the publication of the third Progress Report, as approved by Government, saying:
“In terms of momentum, the report shows strong evidence that Rebuilding Ireland, even though just 10 months old, is delivering increased supply. All output indicators are up with planning permissions for 16,375 new homes granted in the 12 months up to end December 2016, an increase of 26% year on year; Commencement Notices for 14,192 new homes submitted in the 12-month period to end March 2017, up 38% year on year; and 15,684 ESB connections, up 19% year on year.”
“The report shows strong evidence that Rebuilding Ireland, even though just 10 months old, is delivering increased supply.”
The Report documents the progress made on 47 specific actions during the first Quarter of 2017 of which 38 are complete or on schedule. Of the nine actions, which are incomplete or behind schedule, all have seen significant progress and will be completed or, in the case of ongoing multi-annual actions, brought back on schedule, during 2017.
Key developments across the five pillars during the first Quarter of 2017 include:
Pillar 1 – Address Homelessness:
- the continued roll-out of the Homeless HAP scheme in Dublin,
- under the Housing Agency’s €70m Housing Acquisition Programme, bids have been accepted on 351 homes and over 203 contracts closed,
- additional temporary emergency accommodation facilities in place.