Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has encouraged Fingal County Council to enter into the development of its own housing.
“Given the housing crisis which we are currently facing, and taking into account the fact that Fingal has one of the longest housing lists in the country, I believe Fingal County Council should consider entering into the development of its own housing supply.
“In addition to working with the Government to deliver on its commitments under the Social Housing Strategy, I believe it would be appropriate for Fingal County Council to start developing its own housing supply independently. There are a number of ways in which this could be done, for instance, the Council could potentially utilise as much as 50% of such housing to provide additional social and affordable housing units, with the other 50% being used to build housing for the private market, which would help first time buyers get their home. The social and affordable units would be additional to the social housing units being delivered using Government funding.
“The development of purely social housing estates is no longer permitted, however by building a combination of State-owned housing units, and homes for the private market, the Council could work towards the establishment of a self-reproducing system whereby the proceeds made from the sale of private units would be used to support the development of more social and affordable homes.
“Such an initiative could be successful in Fingal, whereby lands unlocked in Donabate, for example, with the delivery of the distributor road and bridge could allow for the development of up to 2,000 homes. There are similar areas in Swords, and across the North County where lands could be used in a proactive manner to tackle the housing crisis our community is facing.
“By considering such an initiative, should Fingal County Council not be in a position to take such action of their own accord, they could examine the use of a public private partnership where the Council would retain the ownership and management of the publically owned lands used.
“We all have a responsibility to work to ensure those who are homeless and on the housing list are accommodated, and that first time buyers, people with disabilities, and our older generations can obtain housing which meets their needs.”