Dáil Éireann - Volume 591 - 02 November, 2004

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

  498. Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of possible affordable and Part V housing units which have been replaced by cash levies by developers to local authorities over the past two years. [26868/04]

  506. Ms Lynch asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of settlements, on an individual county council and city borough basis, which have been made with developers under Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 in the period from the 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2003, in respect of the transfer of completed dwellings, the transfer of fully or partially serviced sites on site, the transfer of dwelling, sites or lands at another location and the payment of a monetary contribution; the number of housing units forfeited in lieu in cases in which monetary compensation was paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27108/04]

  Mr. N. Ahern:I propose to take Questions Nos. 498 and 506 together.

Information on the number of housing units acquired under Part V for each local authority area is published in my Department’s Annual Housing Statistics Bulletin 2003, a copy of which is available in the Oireachtas Library. Information supplied by local authorities in respect of 2003 indicates that 50 fully or partially developed sites were acquired by two local authorities: 48 by Carlow Town Council and two by Cork County [1009] Council. There were also two land transfers of 0.43 hectares to Fingal County Council and 0.81 hectares to Roscommon County Council. The data collected by my Department do not distinguish between on site and off site locations. Additionally, seven local authorities received payments in lieu totalling €829,565.

The transfer of land on site is the default legislative requirement necessary to comply with a Part V condition. However, there are a number of other compliance options available, including the transfer of housing units or a monetary contribution, in lieu of the transfer of land. Any alternative option chosen is subject to agreement between both the planning authority and the developer. Planning authorities have been advised by my Department to give priority in negotiations for the provision of housing units.

All moneys received under a Part V agreement by a planning authority must be lodged to a separate account and may only be used as capital for its functions under Part V or in relation to the provision of housing under the Housing Acts 1966 to 2002.

  499. Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of affordable and Part V homes provided by local authorities and developers in 2001, 2002, 2003 and to date in 2004; and the projections of those statistics for 2005, 2006 and 2007. [26869/04]

  Mr. N. Ahern:Information on the number of affordable houses and Part V activity in the period 2001 to end March 2004 is published in my Department’s Housing Statistics Bulletins, copies of which are available in the Oireachtas Library.

The provision of Part V housing units is dependent on the level and commencement of private sector residential development and the nature of Part V agreements entered into. Provisionally my Department estimates that some 500 affordable housing units will arise from the operation of Part V in 2004, increasing to some 1,000 in 2005. It is envisaged that over 11,000 units will be delivered from the various affordable schemes between 2005 and 2007.