Tipperary is to receive a significant jobs boost in the years to come from the building of dozens of housing units in towns around the county, in a new national strategy to increase the number of social housing units.
Director of Services for Housing Claire Curley said the new scheme will see the Council resume its role as a leader in the direct provision of social housing. Phase I will see up to 18,000 people availing of social housing in the period up to 2018, with another 17,000 being housed in the period 2018-2020. As yet, no exact figures are available for Tipperary, but it’s expected the building programme will give a signifcant boost to the local construction sector. The Council will have a “multi-annual” plan, meaning it can project over many years, how many houses it needs to build, and budget accordingly. “It will be important that there’s a partnership between public and private sector providers,” said Ms Curley.
Cllr Tom Wood (Ind) said social housing was “once a cornerstone of local government”. Cllr Wood asked if the Council has to make a specific application for what will be the “vast demands” of a large county like Tipperary. The Council should compile a list of all its land banks, and forward the application as soon as possible given that there is already huge demand for housing in the Dublin area, he said.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.