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Wednesday 13 December 2017

2,700 units to be made available in city over the next two years, reveals Council

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DUBLIN City Council has outlined that close to 2,700 new homes will be provided in the city

DUBLIN City Council has outlined that close to 2,700 new homes will be provided in the city over the next two years through social housing schemes.

The plan is aimed at taking residents off the housing list.

The council has outlined details of all housing projects which have been identified for completion by the end of 2017.

The council has plans for 1,375 homes, of which 755 will be newly-built and 236 will be acquired, along with the refurbished units.

Some 15 housing bodies will provide 1,322 homes, but will build more than the council at 967 , with 355 acquired, mostly through Nama.

The organisations taking on the most projects are Clúid, the State's largest association, which hopes to complete six schemes by the end of 2017, and Nabco, the co-operative building association which plans five developments.

The largest single project is from Oaklee Housing Trust at Jamestown Road in Finglas where 164 homes are planned.

More than one in five homes are already under construction and likely to be completed "very quickly" the council said.

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Of the 2,697 homes planned for the city, almost two thirds (1,722) will be built by the council or approved housing bodies, 591 will be acquired through the National Assets Management Agency (Nama) or developers, and 384 will be refurbished vacant council housing, according to the Irish Times.

The Government has set aside €3.8bn to provide 35,000 social housing units nationally over the next five years.

The Department of Environment spokesman said that it would be working with each local authority individually .

But Dublin City Council has already drafted its list which outlines planned projects.

The is not the full extent of social housing expected to be built over the coming years as developers also have an obligation to provide social housing when they undertake to construct an estate.

A further group of 697 homes (459 council and 228 housing body units ) are at an advanced stage of planning and are awaiting final approval.

The final group is the largest, with 752 housing body units and 290 council homes still at the preparatory stage.

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