Thursday, 23 June 2022
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
219. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if there are supports available for vacant home-owners who wish to bring their property up to a liveable standard to add to the housing stock; if he will provide an update on the Croí Cónaithe (towns) fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33354/22]
223. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the proposed scheme that will support first-time buyers to repair derelict properties; and if he will provide a timeframe for the opening of the scheme. [33378/22]
224. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his plans to provide funding to local authorities to provide serviced sites in towns and villages; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33394/22]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 219, 223 and 224 together.
Housing for All (published in September 2021) provides a new housing plan for Ireland to 2030 with the overall objective that every citizen in the State should have access to good quality homes through a steady supply of housing in the right locations, with economic, social and environmental sustainability built into the system. The strategy sets out, over four pathways, a broad suite of measures to achieve its policy objectives together with a financial commitment of in excess of €4 billion per annum. This strategy provides for a broad suite of measures including for first-time buyers.
The suite of measures under the pathway to addressing vacancy and efficient use of existing stock includes the Croí Cónaithe (Towns) Fund which will be delivered by local authorities for the provision of serviced sites for housing, to attract people to build their own homes and to support the refurbishment of vacant properties, enabling people to live in small towns and villages, in a sustainable way.
Details in relation to the operation of the Croí Cónaithe (Towns) Fund are at an advanced stage of development, including the scope and appropriate timeframes, and it will be launched in the coming months.