Housing For All

A new Housing Plan for Ireland

Carlow County Council has prepared a Housing Delivery Action Plan in relation to the provision of social and affordable housing in County Carlow for the period 2022-2026. Details of the Plan are available to view below.

Housing Delivery Action Plan

Housing for All is the Government’s housing plan to 2030. It is a multi -annual plan with €4 billion provided every year over the next five years. The Plan will increase new housing supply to an average of at least 33,000 units per year over the next decade. This will include 10,000 social homes each year over the next five years and 6,000 affordable homes to purchase or rent. Housing for All contains 213 actions and the Government’s overall objective is that every citizen in the state should have access to good quality homes, to purchase or rent at an affordable price; built to a high standard and in the right place; and offering a high quality of life and wellbeing. The Plan contains four pathways for a more sustainable housing system;

• Support home ownership and increase affordability
• Eradicate homelessness, increase social housing delivery and support social inclusion
• Increase new housing supply
• Address vacancy and make efficient use of existing stock

The pathways contain actions to be taken by government departments, local authorities, State agencies and other stakeholders. The pathways are supported by actions to enable a sustainable housing system;
For first time buyers
• a supply of an unprecedented 4,000 affordable purchase homes, on average, every year for families, couples and single people
• a new local authority-led ‘Affordable Purchase Scheme’
• a new ‘First Home’ shared equity scheme for buyers of new build homes in private homes
• a reformed ‘Local Authority Home Loan’ scheme
• an ‘Owner Occupier Guarantee’, to secure homes for first-time buyers and other owner-occupiers
• 20% of all developments set aside for affordable and social housing
For renters
• an average of 2,000 new ‘cost rental’ homes every year, with targets of rents being at least 25% below market level
• a rent value freeze to 2024 by linking any increases in Rent Pressure Zones to inflation
• new regulation of short-term lettings through a Fáilte Ireland registration system
• indefinite tenancies (with no time length) to strengthen security for renters
• minimum Building Energy Rating standards for private rental dwellings
For low-income households
• delivery of over 10,000 new social homes per year to 2030. This will include an average of 9,500 new build units, the highest number in the history of the State
• ending of long-term leasing to provide social homes, moving to delivery of new builds
• a strengthened ‘Mortgage to Rent’ scheme to ensure it meets the needs of those in long-term mortgage arrears
• changes to the Tenant Purchase Scheme
• revision and reform of income eligibility for social housing
For people experiencing homelessness
• increased ‘Housing First’ targets to 1,200 occupancies over five years
• a new National Homeless Action Committee
• Personalised Integrated Healthcare
• expand Street Outreach Teams for rough sleepers nationwide
For people trading up and older persons right-sizing
• supply of an average of 33,000 new homes per year to address pressure on the housing market
• an amended ‘Fair Deal’ Scheme (that provides financial support to those in long-term nursing home care) to stop rental income being penalised
For people starting again
A ‘Fresh Start’ principle for applications to State affordable housing and loan schemes. This means that people who are divorced or separated and have no interest in the family home, or who have undergone insolvency proceedings, will be eligible to apply.
For communities
• radical, new, modern ‘Kenny Report’-style powers to ensure sharing of the increase in land values from re-zoning decisions, and greater community gain
• ending of ‘Strategic Housing Developments’, a return of planning decisions to local authorities and reform of judicial reviews
• a new tax to activate vacant lands for residential purposes to replace the Vacant Site Levy
• measure residential vacancy levels to assess the merits and impact of introducing a vacant property tax
For towns and cities
• a new ‘Croí Cónaithe’ (Cities) Fund to incentivise owner-occupier apartment development in city centres
• increased funding for the Land Development Agency for strategic development of public lands for affordable and social housing in city and town centres
• a new ‘Croí Cónaithe’ (Towns) Fund to service sites in regional towns and villages
• Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, and Rural Regeneration and Development Fund investment to support the Town Centre First approach. This will form part of the objectives of regenerating cities, towns and rural areas
• planning exemptions for ‘above shop’ conversions and streamlining of the Protected Structures system
• a nationwide, local authority-led Compulsory Purchase Order scheme to purchase vacant units
For rural communities
• new County Development Plan guidance to ensure appropriate zoning and density levels
• new Rural Housing Guidelines to give certainty for one-off homes
• a new Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) Programme

Link to Housing for All on Gov.ie Website

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