Derelict houses should be added to city’s social housing stock – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin TD and party spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin has called on Dublin City Council to use the properties or monies from the sale of the properties or sites it acquires from the Derelict Sites register as an opportunity to add to the social housing stock in the city.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“I welcome the increased use of compulsory purchase orders when necessary to acquire derelict houses and return them to the housing stock. However, the council should be adding these houses to its own depleted social housing stock instead of selling on the sites and houses. If the properties or the sites are not deemed to be suitable for social housing, then the monies raised from the sale of the sites must be ring-fenced for housing development.
“Sinn Féin is firmly of the view that Local Authorities must have the first option to build housing developments on formerly vacant sites. The 3% annual levy which is due to kick in in 2019 should include measures to exclude land held by Local Authorities. There should also be provisions to include a higher band of 5% for land of a greater size than one acre.
“If site owners remain reluctant to comply, the levy should be increased annually for sites which remain idle in areas of high need. We need to see comprehensive action on this issue. There is nearly 72 hectares of vacant land throughout Dublin city centre, which has the potential to make a dent in the housing crisis.”