A new 37 home development in Lett’s Field, Neilstown, Clondalkin was completed as figures showed South Dublin County Council reached 115% of overall social housing delivery target for 2018.
The 37 homes in Letts Field were funded through the Rebuilding Ireland Social Housing Investment Programme and consist of 36 three-bed homes and 1 four-bed. The development was just one of the ways in which South Dublin County Council rose to the challenge of the current housing shortage in the Dublin region.
Figures recently released by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government show more than 1,787 additional households were supported by South Dublin County Council though social housing solutions in 2018, representing 115% of the Council’s Rebuilding Ireland target set for the year.
Under the Rebuilding Ireland Programme, annual targets are set for each local authority area. Local authorities are responsible for monitoring and delivering on these targets, including through collaboration with Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs).
South Dublin County Council’s figures included:
-593 homes added to the social housing stock – 110% of target
-New stock includes 475 builds – 125% of target
-1194 additional households supported though HAP and RAS
Reacting to the figures, Colm Ward, Director of Services said, “Local authorities take the lead in addressing the very difficult issues faced on housing. We are absolutely committed to meeting the challenge, and the 2018 figures leave no doubt that we are delivering on our targets and making crucial progress for the individuals and families we support”.
“As the figures show, social housing output is increasing year-on-year. Working in partnership with AHBs and the Department of Housing, South Dublin County Council will continue to increase our capacity and accelerate our delivery.”
In addition to delivering on social housing targets, South Dublin County Council also looked at demystifying the home buying experience for people moving to the County through the launch of its MyDoorStep property and planning portal.
MyDoorStep is a walk-in service centre at its headquarters at County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24, which is replicated online at www.mydoorstep.ie. This digital information platform provides buyers with all of the detail needed to make the most informed decision possible when purchasing a home. MyDoorStep combines information on current and planned housing developments in any location in South Dublin County with detail on childcare, education, health, recreation, retail and sporting facilities across the County.
MyDoorStep streamlines this information through one source and allows access from home or at the Council’s headquarters, cutting out the potential multiple enquiries a prospective buyer would need to make at present. Visitors to County Hall, Tallaght, will also be guided through the portal by knowledgeable Council staff from its Land Use, Planning and Transportation department.