THE government’s Housing for All plan is working in Carlow in its bid to ensure everyone has access to a home to purchase or rent at an affordable price, according to minister Malcom Noonan.
Twelve months after the government announced the plan, minister Noonan highlighted the positives so far.
These include 248 new homes built in the 12 months to the end of June, a 2.5% increase on the previous 12 months. Commencement notices were also up 21% to 240 homes in Carlow in the 12 months up to the end of July. Planning permissions for 259 homes had been granted by the end of the first quarter of 2022, a 34% increase.
In addition, five new posts had been created at Carlow Co Council for local authority housing delivery.
A planning exemption to convert vacant Carlow pubs into homes had also been introduced, while existing exemptions to convert vacant commercial premises had been extended. Since 2018, 25 residential units had been provided through 12 exempted developments.
In 2021, €30.5m in total funding for housing went to Carlow Co Council and 240 social homes were also delivered.
Minister Noonan said: “When we launched Housing for All, our aim was that everyone should have access to a home to purchase or rent at an affordable price, built to a high standard and in the right place.
“We backed that with a guaranteed over €4 billion a year in housing investment and a series of actions to deliver 300,000 new homes by 2030, including 90,000 social homes and 54,000 affordable homes. While there’s a lot of work still to do, we can see already, after the first 12 months, that the plan is working in Carlow and across the country.”
Minister Noonan lauded Carlow Co Council in “playing a central role in delivering housing in the county.”
“We’ve recently issued guidelines to Carlow Co Council on the making of their county development plan to ensure it takes into account projected housing needs so that sufficient new homes can be built in key areas of housing demand. We have also streamlined the processes for the procurement of social housing.”