Written answers

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Housing Provision

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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124. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the housing need and demand assessment; and the household and new home completion targets for each local authority for the new county development plan process in tabular form. [26863/21]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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Further to work commissioned by the Housing and Planning Divisions of my Department, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) published a report into structural housing demand in Ireland to 2040, in December 2020. The ESRI research report “Regional Demographics and Structural Housing Demand at County Level” projects an annual new household demand figure for each county from 2016 to 2040, for a number of difference development scenarios, including the National Planning Framework (NPF) scenario which supports balanced regional development and the consolidation our cities, towns and other urban areas.

Subsequently, a Ministerial Circular, and Ministerial Guidelines - ‘Housing Supply Target Methodology for Development Planning, Guidelines for Planning Authorities’ under Section 28 of the Planning & Development Act, 2000 (as amended), were issued to all local authorities. The Guidelines introduced a standardised national approach, based on the ESRI data, to be applied by each planning authority in projecting housing supply targets for each specific six-year period, when reviewing city or county development plans.

As each six-year development plan period will differ, new household projection data for each County to 2031 was also made available to each local authority to enable local projections and targets to be applied for the relevant period.

All related correspondence and data is available on my Department’s website at the following link:

The housing supply target methodology also provides for a convergence period towards the NPF scenario to 2026, recognising that housing demand projections associated with existing spatial patterns (i.e. the baseline) will need a period to align with the NPF strategy projection. This also enables planning for increased housing supply in certain circumstances within the period to 2026, as set out in Section 4 of the Guidelines, where supported by a justification within the criteria specified. The Office of the Planning Regulator will examine such justifications as part of their statutory assessment of development plans function.

Each local authority is therefore required to apply the methodology to the particular timelines and projections for their County or City Development Plan as part of their development plan process. As all are individual development plans in respect of which the plan-making process is still underway, a table of local authority housing supply targets for each development plan is not yet available, but will be compiled for monitoring purposes as development plans are completed.

With regard to the preparation of Housing Need and Demand Assessments (HNDA), guidance was issued to local authorities on 14 April 2021 by Circular, advising that the Excel-based HNDA Tool with associated Instructions, data sources and other background information are available on the HNDA page of the Department’s website at .

The Circular advised local authorities that it is expected that a HNDA will be completed in accordance with the associated guidance as part of the development plan review process in cases where the notice of the review of the plan issues subsequent to 14 April 2021.

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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125. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the price offered by NAMA to Dublin City Council and his Department for the purchase of land in the Poolbeg SDZ for the delivery of affordable homes; the discount on market price offered by NAMA in relation to same; and the reason his Department refused to provide funding to Dublin City Council to purchase the land. [26864/21]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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The regeneration of Poolbeg West is the next important step in transforming the Docklands area, given its strategic location east of Grand Canal Dock, with close proximity to important bridge connections to Dublin Port and North Lotts.

In relation to the activation of these lands I understand that, having decided to embark on the competitive tendering process, on 22 December 2020, the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) announced the completion of a comprehensive process to select an investment partner for the development of this site within Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone.

Furthermore, NAMA has named the successful bidder as a consortium consisting of Ronan Group Real Estate, funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”) and Oaktree affiliate Lioncor Developments Limited (“Lioncor”), will be the 80% majority shareholder in Pembroke Ventures DAC (“PVD”). NAMA will retain a minority 20% shareholding in PVD.

The planning scheme, as modified by An Bord Pleanála on 9th April 2019, states that prior to commencement of development, subject to confirmed funding and value for money considerations, a commercial agreement shall be entered into between Dublin City Council, my Department and the owners/developers of the residential element of the Planning Scheme for the delivery of 15% of the residential units approved on the lands included in this Planning Scheme for social and affordable housing purposes. These units shall be additional to the 10% statutory under Part V arrangements still stands and is applicable.

As plans for this site are developed, my Department remains ready to work with Dublin City Council, the receiver and/or developers of the SDZ area to progress this site, subject to agreement on all the normal and relevant terms, including value for money aspects. As such, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this point.


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