Housing action plan: Key delivery dates for housing plan objectives

Under the Rebuilding Ireland housing and homeless plan the Government aims to be building 25,000 new homes every year by 2020.

In relation to social housing, the Government plans to have 47,000 new social housing units on stream by 2021.

A major goal is to remove the reliance on hotels and B&Bs for emergency accommodation, currently being used to house homeless people.

The plan says it ensures that, by mid-2017, hotels are only used in limited circumstances for emergency accommodation for families.

Separately, 1,500 new units are planned for moving the existing group of families out of emergency accommodation. The timeline for this is 200 by the end of 2016, 800 in 2017 and a final 500 units in 2018.

In relation to a fund to activate construction at large-scale sites, projects for this objective will be approved by the end of 2016 and initiated in the first quarter of 2017.

The National Treasury Management Agency is to develop competitive financing for developers and this goal is to be completed by the end of this year.

Also happening in 2016 is legislation aimed at fast-tracking large-scale development planning applications.

Involved in this process is An Bord Pleanala. The authority has to come up with a system to prioritise the determination of all planning appeals within an 18-week period. This plan must be in place by the end of September 2016.

In terms of reviewing the rental sector so as to increase supply, a strategy is to be in place by December of this year.

Another strategy being developed is the National Vacant Housing Re-Use Strategy, as informed by Census 2016. This will see a register being compiled of all vacant units across the country. This is due for delivery in the first quarter of 2017.

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