13 Meath Housing Developments to receive taking in charge funding – English

Funding, Meath

Local Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English T.D. had
today welcomed the allocation of €9 million to assist local
authorities including Meath County Council in taking in charge 356
developments (accounting for over 17,000 households).   In addition to
the €9 m allocation almost €4.5m of funding will be sourced by local
authorities through bonds and other sources.

A full table of the Meath estates that will benefit is enclosed with
this statement.

Minister English said:

“the dramatic boom and bust that our residential construction sector
experienced over the last 15 – 20 years has left a considerable issues
for households in developments that would previously have been taken
in charge in the normal way. There has been significant progress in
tackling these most acute cases, providing for the completion of the
majority of unfinished developments. Through the funding I am
providing to local authorities we can now map a path towards all
residential developments being taken in charge by local authorities.
Residents can be confident that the housing developments they live in
will be properly finished out and maintained into the future.

This work on taking in charge should also be seen in the context of
the Government’s forthcoming Action Plan for Housing and the funding
provided through local authorities to support the provision of new
infrastructure to support the development of high quality homes for
all.  Meath County Council is playing its role in framing the new
Action Plan for Housing, with CEO Jackie Maguire attending the
national stakeholder event in the Mansion House in Dublin this week”
Minister English said.

The funding is being provided under Minister Simon Coveney and
Minister English’s new National Taking in Charge Initiative (NTICI) to
accelerate current applications within the taking in charge process
relating to around 1,500 developments.

The funding will also assist in developing new and more efficient
approaches to the taking in charge process. Prior to the construction
boom and subsequent crash, local authorities usually would either take
an estate in charge (including roads, footpaths, water services etc)
or could be requested by residents to do so once a residential estate
was complete. However, where work had not been completed to
satisfactory standards, there were sometimes delays in the taking in
charge (TIC) process as enforcement proceedings including the calling
in of bonds can be complex.

The initiative has been guided by the results of a survey of housing
developments not taken in charge that was carried out by the
Department in December 2015 (and available on the Department’s
website). This survey showed that at that point in time there were
5,655 completed housing developments nationally which were not taken
in charge by local authorities, 1,500 of which had applications for
TIC submitted to the relevant local authority.

Proposals under the NTICI from the local authorities were evaluated by
a Steering Group, composed of representatives from the Department,
Irish Water and the EPA, who considered the eligibility and selection
criteria under three measures namely:

•             Measure 1: Housing Estates not containing Developer
Provided Water Services.

•             Measure 2: Housing Estates served by Developer Provided

•             Measure 3: Technical Assistance Funding.