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Mixed tenure estates scheme should be fully state funded – Ó Broin

3 August, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Housing, Planning, and Local Government Eoin Ó Broin has said 'mixed tenure estates on public housing such as Dublin City Councils housing initiative should be funded by government as this will provide a better return for communities and the state’. 

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Dublin City Council is planning significant increase in their Land Initiative which will see public land released for mixed tenure housing estates. The estates will involve 30% social housing and a mixture of controlled rental and affordable purchase homes.

"The Initiative has been given new impetus by the Governments Housing Action Plan proposal for Council led mixed tenure estates.

"Other local authorities including South Dublin County Council are actively considering similar schemes.

“These developments are large in scale and very welcome, however they should be funded by the government and not the private sector in order to ensure maximum public benefit.

"At present local authorities are considering a public private model for these developments with the Councils releasing all or part of the land to private developers. This is not the most effective way of developing such estates.

"Sustainable communities require good estate management. Having a single authority responsible for providing and maintaining all of the homes is better housing policy.

"Equally, allowing the Council to provide the cost rental and affordable homes would allow rents and house prices to be maintained at a fairer level. It would also allow for any profit from rents or sale to be recycled back into the public housing system. 

"This funding model would allow local authorities to set the level of social housing on the basis of need in the area rather on the basis of what would generate a better rate of profit for a private developer.

"Allowing Councils to design, build, rent and sell the units in mixed tenure estates will build better communities and see better value for money and a better return for the taxpayer.

"Public private partnerships have a track record of failure, proving to be more expensive and harder to manage in the long run.

“Minister Coveney should provide funding to Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council to fully develop their own mixed tenure estates. He should also allow both Councils to avail of a single stage approval and tendering process to ensure that the houses are built as speedily as possible."

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