House builders in Leinster mobilising to meet demand for new homes in the region

Meeting set for Offaly to budget measures

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House builders in Leinster mobilising to meet demand for new homes in the region

House builders in the Leinster region are meeting on October 24 in Offaly to discuss how they can meet the increasing demand for quality homes on the basis of changes announced in the budget, Minister Coveney’s housing strategy and new standards of building introduced in the past five years. 

Dominic Doheny, CIF Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Tullamore based John Flanagan Developments Ltd. said, “Irish homebuilders in this region have found it difficult to build new homes for anywhere close to the prices of existing stock.  The first-time buyers grant announced in the budget and the local infrastructure fund announced by Ministers Covney and Donohoe have the potential for first time buyers to acquire mortgages, banks to lend and builders to build.

"Home-builders in this region are coming together to discuss how these changes can support activity.  The CIF is inviting all home-builders to these events to help deliver housing supply but also to ensure it is of the highest quality, meeting all current standards of building.  Our workshops will provide information to home-builders, particularly those considering re-entry into the market, with all the information they need to access finance, and to meet quality standards such as those set out in the Building Control Amendment Regulation.”

Senior industry representatives from the Construction Industry Federation’s Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA) will meet with local builders to discuss blockages to housing supply across the region.  They will provide insight and advice on accessing finance, skills, supports, meeting BCAR, how to apply for the Construction Industry Register of Ireland (CIRI) and on upcoming legislation and regulation that could impact on the ability of home-builders to build.  The CIF continues to work with the Department of Housing’s Housing delivery unit that is tasked with increasing housing levels to meet sustainable demand.  This experience allows the CIF to inform members of how best to engage in the planning process when delivering housing. 

Recent statistics from the department of Housing, Planning and Local Government show that only 2163 housing units were commenced in the Leinster area this year, significantly less than the necessary amount to meet demand.  This figure excludes Dublin, where 2081 units were commenced so far this year, a far cry short of the necessary amount in order to meet demand.  In Offaly alone the commencement figures for the year so far stand at 64 housing units.

The free workshop will take place in the Tullamore Court Hotel on October 24 from 4pm to 6pm. It is open to CIF members and non-members, specifically tradespeople and house builders operating in the area who are involved or considering home building in the region.  Attendees will be briefed on the evolving regulatory environment and have the opportunity to  propose solutions to challenges they are facing in terms of the planning process, access to finance, skills shortages, levies, and changes to regulation. The workshop will map out what is holding them back from getting residential house building moving across the country, and consider possible solutions to overcome these obstacles.