Just over 40 new social housing builds by Carlow's local authority last year

Large housing development planned for Castlebellingham

Carlow County Council delivered 43 new social housing builds across the county last year while a further ten were Part V new builds, it has been revealed. 

Fianna Fáil TD John Curran asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government for the number of social housing completions by each local authority in 2017. 

In a written repsonse last month, Minister Eoghan Murphy said: "In 2017, 25,901 households had their housing need met, with some 7,095 of these properties delivered under through the build/acquisition and long-term leasing mechanisms.

"A total of 1,014 new build homes were delivered directly by local authorities.

"In addition, 761 new build homes were delivered by Approved Housing Bodies and a further 522 new build Part V homes were provided by local authorities and approved housing bodies, bringing to 2,297, the total of new build homes provided in 2017."

Part V is a mechanism, introduced by the Government, through which local authorities can obtain up to 10% of land zoned for housing development at “existing use value” rather than “development value” for the delivery of social and affordable housing.

Here's how Carlow's local authority compared to other counties (these include Part Vs): 

Limerick City and County (127)

Longford (21)

Waterford (27)

Wexford (47)

Kildare (118)

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