Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Rental Sector

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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255. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the delivery of affordable cost rental at a location (details supplied); the level of affordable housing fund allocated; and the estimated cost of the cost rental homes. [32018/22]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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In July 2020, my Department received an application for Serviced Sites funding (SSF) from Dublin City Council for 375 Cost Rental units at Emmet Road. Approval in principle was granted for funding of €18,750,000 (€50,000 per affordable unit), the maximum amount allowable under the SSF.  The Affordable Housing Fund (AHF) has now replaced the SSF. Dublin City Council advised my Department of their intention to reapply for the higher level of funding available under the AHF for this project.

Dublin City Council submitted a revised application to my Department under the AHF last week seeking funding of €37,600,000 for 376 Cost Rental units (or €100,000 per affordable unit). A Project Board is currently in place to oversee the application, development and delivery of the scheme.  I understand that there will be 582 homes on this development, 376 of which will be Cost Rental homes. 

As there will be in excess of 500 residential homes on this development, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required. The project is currently at planning and design phase and it is anticipated that a Part 10 planning application will be lodged with An Bord Pleanala in the 3rd quarter of 2022.

The AHF application that has been submitted will be assessed by the Housing Agency and my Department against the eligibility criteria for the Fund and Dublin City Council will be advised of the outcome in due course.

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