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Murphy insists that fast-track planning regime is making progress

Words: Roger Milne
Eoghan Murphy / Fine Gael

Developers have sought planning for more than 11,000 new homes under the new fast-track planning system, housing and planning minister for Eoghan Murphy is reported to have told a property summit in Dublin this week.

The minister was quoted as saying An Bord Pleanála had received applications for 11,500 new homes, including 4,000 houses, 2,500 flats and 5,000 student rental rooms.

He said this level of activity was an indication of the progress made under the new fast-track regime.

His comments came as a report asserted that local authorities could directly build almost 40,000 new social dwellings on their own land – three times as many as are planned under the government’s Rebuilding Ireland strategy.

Statistics compiled by housing policy analyst Mel Reynolds show that the 31 local authorities own about 700 sites, or 1,211 hectares of land that is undeveloped and zoned for residential development.

Meanwhile, new figures from the Department of Housing suggest that work started on 13,329 houses and flats between January and September, of which 3,746 are one-off units.

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