The Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary, Jackie Cahill has revealed that the Department of Housing has granted Stage One approval to Tipperary County Council for the construction of 21 new social housing units in Puckane.
This housing development will comprise a mixture of one, two, three and four bedroom homes.
The news emerged in advance of a meeting with Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien.
Deputy Cahill has called for a wide range of measures to be taken by the government to address the housing crisis in the county – these include changing the income limits for social housing, allowing Nenagh, Thurles and Clonmel to be eligible for funding for the affordable housing scheme, the raising in the cap on the Shared Equity Scheme from €250000 to €300,000, and wants assurances that no restrictions are being placed on once-off rural homes under the new County Development Plan.
Deputy Cahill says “The Department of Housing has set Tipperary County Council a target of almost 900 social homes to be built over the coming years, and the Council is on track to exceed this target by a considerable percentage.”
At present there are over 3,500 people on the housing list in Tipperary and almost 2,000 tenants supported with a Housing Assistance Payment in the county.