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Making progress on tackling unfinished developments

Posted on July 05, 2012 at 04:00 PM

Today's announcement of progress being made on unfinished housing estates by Minister Jan O'Sullivan marks yet another Labour commitment made going into Government to deal with the scurge of ghost estates and improve the quality of life for the residents living in or near them.

Minister O'Sullivan's report The Final Report of the Advisory Group on Unfinished Housing Developments, details a comprehensive suite of actions that have been taken in response to the plethora of unfinished housing developments left in the wake of the property bubble.

Speaking at the launch the Minister said: "This is a complex issue. The economic and housing collapse saw some people's aspiration for a home descend into chaos, with families enduring the hardship of living in the midst of a housing estate and rapidly increasing negative equity.

"Quick fixes are not an option, but I am determined that many more residents in unfinished housing developments will begin to see a real difference in their living conditions in the year ahead to the point where this is no longer an issue impacting on the day-to-day lives of families or constantly hitting headlines here and abroad".

Tackling the problem in a co-ordinated fashion, the Department of Housing and Planning has brought together developers, banks, NAMA, local authorities, state agencies and representatives of resident, to work together to help find a solution.
This report finds that work is steadily progressing with Site Resolution plans being put in place across affected areas to directly help improve local areas. Public safety issues remain a key concern in some unfinished housing developments, and work is being carried out to address this.

On 211 estates work has been completed and issues are now resolved. In 523 estates plans are now in place and in many of these cases work has started and important progress will be achieved over the coming months. In addition Government funding to target the most serious public safety issues has seen more than €3m invested in 128 developments to ensure that families and neighbours aren't exposed to safety risks.

You can find out more about today's announcement in our media centre.

 

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