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Dublin City Council Housing Delivery Action Plan (2022 – 2026): KBD Overview

The Dublin City Council Housing Delivery Action Plan for the period 2022 to 2026 outlines a robust strategy to address the urgent need for social and affordable housing within Dublin City. As part of the national “Housing for All” initiative, this plan commits to a significant increase in the social housing supply, targeting the delivery of 10,552 units through various mechanisms, primarily focusing on construction and long-term leasing. This report delves into the specifics of the plan, including the targets, delivery mechanisms, and strategic approaches to overcome existing challenges and ensure the successful provision of quality housing.

Housing Targets and Delivery Mechanisms

Dublin City Council aims to significantly boost the social housing stock by 10,552 units within the five-year plan period. The delivery is primarily through construction, accounting for 86.1% (9,087 units), and the remainder through long-term leasing. The council has outlined a detailed year-by-year breakdown, indicating a strategic ramp-up of housing provision, with particular emphasis on building efforts.

Key Components of the Delivery Strategy:

  • Existing Local Authority Landbank: Utilizing council-owned land to develop 4,512 units, focusing on new builds, regeneration projects, and specialized accommodations.
  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs): Collaborating with developers and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) to leverage PPPs for timely and quality housing delivery.
  • Estimated Part V Delivery: Leveraging planning regulations to secure 1,851 units from developers, contributing to mixed tenure housing communities.
  • Local Authority Turnkey: Identifying and partnering with developers for the delivery of 746 units, emphasizing the acquisition of turnkey solutions.
  • Buy and Renew: Targeting the refurbishment of vacant properties to revitalize neighborhoods and contribute to the housing stock.
  • AHB Involvement: Collaborating with AHBs to deliver a significant portion of the housing targets through both CALF and CAS funding mechanisms, ensuring a mix of general and specialized housing solutions.

Challenges and Solutions

Despite a well-structured plan, Dublin City Council acknowledges a shortfall in meeting annual targets for certain years within the plan period. The shortfall is attributed to various factors, including the complexities of project development and delivery. To address these challenges, the council is committed to exploring additional delivery routes, such as engaging more actively with developers for turnkey opportunities and managing land assets more effectively.

Strategic Initiatives for Overcoming Shortfalls:

  • Engagement with AHBs and Developers: Strengthening partnerships to explore additional opportunities for housing delivery.
  • Regeneration Projects: Prioritizing the redevelopment of existing housing complexes to improve and expand the social housing stock.
  • PPP and HLI Projects: Maximizing the potential of public-private partnerships and Housing Land Initiative projects for accelerated housing delivery.

Future Directions and Additional Delivery Areas

The plan also identifies potential for development in zoned lands, with the intention to transform these areas into vibrant residential and commercial spaces. The council aims to undertake feasibility studies and strategic planning to bring forward these lands for regeneration, aligning with national targets for housing delivery on brownfield sites.