Voluntary housing Associations part of solution – Wall
Cllr Mark Wall welcomed confirmation from the Senior housing officer that Kildare County Council are in advanced negotiations with a number of Voluntary housing associations on the provision of Social housing in the Athy area.
In a response to Cllr Wall’s motion , the Council informed its members that the Respond housing association were finalising a plan to build houses on the vacant housing site at Flinters place in Athy . Cllr Wall was informed that details of the proposed housing plan would be brought to the members before their march meeting. Cllr Wall along with some of the members present asked that the plan take into account the number of houses in the estate presently and include amenity provision for all the Residents. Cllr Wall was also informed that 3 Voluntary bodies were presently looking at the recently purchased Dominican site where a provision of between 12 and 14 units could be provided under an older persons scheme. The Official also discussed provisional plans for the use of the priory house for sheltered accommodation , a very positive and much needed move on house provision within the County.
Concluding his motion, Cllr Wall commented ” It would seem to me that the Voluntary Housing Associations have the money to compliment the houses being purchased by the Council. Housing continues to be the biggest issue , I face each day in my work as a County Councillor. I have always stated that Kildare County Council must urgently recommence its house building project and I welcome those sites that are about to commence. However the people I deal with cannot wait until this happens in the Athy area and we must encourage and pursue each available unit to provide a family home. In further consultation with officials , I’m also told that another Voluntary Association will shortly have housing available in Athy. There will be I’m told family units in Monasterevin and Castledermot in the coming weeks and the Council are looking at Kilcullen where I know there is an urgent need. Every unit must be investigated and followed up , our waiting list is too high and the provision of family homes must continue as urgently as possible.
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That the Council confirm the number of voluntary housing associations that they are working within the Athy area and throughout the county, and whether the Council is in negotiations with any of these voluntary bodies to build houses in the Athy area or indeed to further enter into lease agreements with them to secure social housing. Report: There are a significant number of approved housing bodies operating in County Kildare at present. A number of approved housing bodies are responsible for units under the Capital Loan and Subsidy Scheme which is no longer in operation and the Capital Assistance Scheme for special needs housing.
In respect of the newer schemes, i.e. social leasing, to date, the following approved housing bodies have delivered units:
Cill Dara Housing Association
Cill Urni Housing Association
Tuath Housing Association
These approved housing bodies, together with a number of others have also engaged with developers with a view to delivering additional units and the members will be advised on further development in this regard. It is not possible, in these cases, to outline specific proposals until agreements are signed as in some cases agreement cannot be reached between the approved housing bodies and the developer or property owner. The Council has held discussions with a number of approved housing bodies in respect of the delivery of units on Council owned land to complement a number of schemes being delivered by the Council and already approved by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. The use of the approved housing bodies to deliver schemes will greatly enhance the volume of units delivered under the Housing Strategy 2020 and will maximise the availability of funding through both capital and current exchequer funding.
Two sites have been identified in the Athy Municipal District for delivery by approved housing bodies namely, (a) Dominican site and (b) Flinters Field.
(a) The Council have been in contact with three approved housing bodies with respect to feasibility and design to deliver some housing on this site. Discussions are ongoing. (b) The Council have held discussions with Respond Housing Association in respect of Flinter’s Field and anticipate coming back to the members by the end of Q1