原文：Minister Coveney announces the locations for over 450 new social housing units being developed through Public Private Partnership
Published on Thursday, 21 Jul 2016
The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney T.D., today (21 July, 2016) announced that he has approved site locations for over 450 new social housing units which are to be delivered through a public private partnership (PPP) programme. The social housing with a capital value of approximately €100 million is being developed at eight sites in co-operation with the local authorities in each area. Three of the sites are located in County Cork, with one each in the cities of Galway and Waterford. There is a further one site each in counties Clare, Kildare and Roscommon.
The funding is part of a programme of investment totalling €300 million in social housing through the public private partnership model. The programme is to deliver 1,500 social housing units.
To enable delivery to commence as quickly as possible, the PPP programme is being rolled out in three bundles. Today’s announcement is for the second bundle of sites. The first bundle comprising six separate sites located in the greater Dublin area was announced in October 2015. The eight sites being announced today are located across the country in six different local authority areas.
Sites for the third and final bundle with a further capital value of €100 million will be announced by the Minister before the end of 2016. The location details of the eight social housing PPP sites announced today by the Minister are:
In making the announcement, Minister Simon Coveney said: “On Tuesday last, I launched Rebuilding Ireland: An Action Plan for Housing & Homelessness (link is external), and PPPs are part of the plan to accelerate the supply of social housing, which is the second pillar of that Plan".
The Minister added, “Today I am announcing eight locations where over 450 social houses are being developed through public private partnership. €100 million is being invested to deliver these new homes. We have a significant shortage of housing supply and need to use every feasible means to meet this challenge. PPP provides us with an effective mechanism to fund and deliver additional badly-needed social housing units.
Each of the sites is being delivered with the full co-operation and participation of individual local authorities in the relevant locations.
PPP is a complicated, but worthwhile initiative. It allows central and local government to harness the private sector to deliver social housing. €300 million is being invested overall. This is money that would otherwise not be available for the development of social housing.
Today’s announcement is for the second of three bundles of sites and I expect to announce a third bundle with a value of €100 million later in 2016."
The investment announced today is part of the wider commitment by the Government to deliver social housing and to tackle the major housing supply problem facing the country.
The PPP model now being used for social housing is distinct from previous housing PPP projects in a number of ways. Principally the new model is purely to facilitate the delivery of social housing units for the State. It does not include private housing. The ‘availability based’ model being applied has been used successfully in Ireland for over 15 years to deliver roads, schools and courthouses. It involves the procurement of a consortium to design, build, finance and maintain (for 25 years) social housing units on sites provided by the State. During the 25-year contract period the sites remain in State ownership (as distinct from previous housing PPP projects). The housing units are returned to the State after 25 years in a predefined, good quality condition. The relevant local authorities will retain responsibility for tenant management during the contract period.