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Developers must pay a part in housing solution – Funchion

3 May, 2016 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin TD for Carlow-Kilkenny, Kathleen Funchion, has opposed plans to abolish or reduce the ‘Part V’ rule which requires developers to contribute to social and affordable housing. Speaking at the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness today.

Deputy Funchion also recommended urban regeneration in order to increase employment and economic activity in those areas which have many vacant properties.

Deputy Funchion said:

“I disagree with the abolition of Part V and the rule on providing 20% for social housing. Not only does the rule provide homes, but some of the best estates throughout the country are places where Part V was at 20%. I agree that if it is to be replaced by a levy there is no guarantee the money will be spent on social housing.

“Urban regeneration is an excellent idea. We know part of the problem is the supply of housing, but we also know there are a large amount of vacant properties in rural and urban areas. Regeneration would be great for many villages and towns. It would increase employment and activity.

“Not only is it more immediate for those who are facing homelessness or are currently homeless, it also feeds into a wider social argument about regenerating our towns and villages. Any constituency with a mix of urban and rural areas will have areas that have become like ghost towns.”

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