Council set to 'over-achieve' on housing

1,125 units to be provided over next five years, 238 more than target

Tipperary Co Council is set to exceed its housing target again by embarking on an ambitious programme that will see 1,125 units delivered by 2026.

In a presentation on the Government's Housing for All strategy at this month's meeting of the council, Senior Engineer Jonathan Cooney anticipated that 245 units would be delivered countywide this year between new building and various housing schemes.

Mr Cooney said the council would endeavour to provide 215 units in 2023, 238 in 2024, 246 in 2025 and 181 in 2026, a total of 1,125. It would therefore exceed target figure for Tipperary under the Housing for All plan ( 887) by some by 238 units.

Of the total, 238 units are to to be provided in Nenagh Municipal District and a further 265 in Thurles (including Roscrea). Mr Cooney said the building programme would seek to increase the number of one, two and four-bedroom units available for council tenants. He added that the council hopes to receive housing units from the private sector under Part 5 of the Planning and Development Act, though the number of these units would be very difficult to predict.

Director of Services Sinéad Carr said there is a need to get private development moving again in order to resolve the housing crisis. The council is doing everything it can to deliver more units.

“We've demonstrated that we’re able to over-achieve in the area of house building,” Ms Carr said. “We're more than confident that we can deliver 1,125 units.”

With private landlords seeking to sell their properties and the lack of private rental accommodation, the council lost 34 Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) and 17 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) units last year. But Ms Carr spoke positively of the amount of work being achieved on “void units”, with the housing vacancy rate in Tipperary reducing from 4.7 to 2.7% over the last year. Some 142 units had been brought back into use by the end of November, while all long-term voids have been addressed, Ms Carr told the meeting.