September 27, 2020
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Waterford Council given more power and money to speed up social housing projects

Waterford City and County Council has been given more authority and increased funding to speed up badly needed local social housing projects.

It comes after the Cabinet agreed to increase local authority discretionary funding for social housing schemes from €2 million to €6 million.

The measure was one of the key commitments contained in the Programme for Government.

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien said the move will give greater autonomy to local authorities and speed up social housing projects.

The minister said: “This single stage approvals process strikes a balance between appropriate oversight and the need to deliver on a core Government policy of local authorities building more social housing at greater pace.

“By streamlining the approvals process further, the pre-construction programme can be shortened thus accelerating the delivery of much needed social housing construction projects.

Minister O’Brien added: “The Department will work with local authorities in relation to the new process and detailed guidance will be provided to ensure the accelerated delivery of quality homes consistent with the principles of value for money and cost certainty.”

 

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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