The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D together with his colleague the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Minister Simon Coveney have welcomed the Government’s approval to his proposal to establish a Local Infrastructure Fund of €200m to provide public off-site infrastructure to stimulate an increase in private housing in Dublin and in urban areas of high demand for housing.
The fund is a doubling of the one provided for in the Programme for Government which committed to reprioritising the capital programme to put in place a new €100 million Local Infrastructure Fund, from which local authorities could deliver local projects needed to unblock land in high demand areas. Local authorities can avail of the new fund to provide access infrastructure such as distributor roads, bridges, surface water management, amenities and utility diversion to facilitate the opening up of private development on major housing sites and to significantly increase the supply of housing.
Minster Coveney highlighted “This is clear recognition and action by the Government in response to the housing crisis in order that people will be able to secure a home for themselves and their families within a reasonable timeframe. This funding intervention will help improve the economic viability of new housing projects, by moving key sites from inactivity and slow release to active and accelerated delivery of homes. I am accelerating plans to get Government approval to publish the final Action Plan on Housing no later than mid-July, and the activation of this new funding provision as announced by Government will be a key action under the Plan.”