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Peter McVerry Trust Statement on the Planning Bill
Peter McVerry Trust the charity providing homeless and housing services has expressed surprise at details of the Planning Bill announced today by Minister Alan Kelly TD.
Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “The principles of Part V of the Planning Act were and still are sound. The flawed application and the loopholes which facilitated developers and some local authorities to avoid delivering social housing units would have been our preferred area of focus by the Minister, not the 20% threshold.”
“We believe that by reducing the level to 10% for future housing developments the Minister may be running the risk of undermining efforts to achieve the necessary levels of social housing output and tenure mix to create more balanced and sustainable communities. We also have concerns that there still remains too much discretion and flexibility that will allow developers to avoid providing social housing.”
“We are concerned that once again the demands of the construction lobby are taking precedence over the needs and rights of those on social housing waiting lists and in homeless services.”
Concluding Mr Doyle said “We recognise that the existing provision in Part V of the Planning Act only delivered 2-3% social housing and not the 20% it could have. We will endeavour to ensure that Minister holds developers and local authorities to account and makes absolutely certain that we achieve the 10% output that is provided for in the Planning Bill. We cannot allow any decrease in social housing output if we are to reduce waiting list and help those in homeless services and we will engage with public representatives to ensure the best possible outcome.”