Wednesday, 4 October 2006
Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government
Social and Affordable Housing
Question 166: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the plans he has to reverse the dilution of Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as the current get-out clauses for developers undermines the original purpose of the Act. [31007/06]
Noel Ahern (Minister of State, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Minister of State, Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Dublin North West, Fianna Fail)
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A review of Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 was carried out to ensure that it was meeting its objectives in relation to social and affordable housing. Complaints had been received that the provisions of Part V were both inflexible and overly bureaucratic and that they were not achieving the desired results of improving the supply of social and affordable housing.
The changes introduced were designed to ensure greater flexibility for all stakeholders in the implementation of Part V. I am satisfied that the provisions are operating effectively and that the changes made have contributed to the overall delivery of social and affordable housing. Accordingly, I have no plans to institute further changes but will continue to keep its operation under review.