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Compact Growth

Last updated: 19 July 2018
Published: 13 July 2018
From: Department of the Taoiseach

Compact Growth

Compact and smart urban growth will be pursued to ensure sustainable growth of more compact urban and rural settlements, supported by jobs, houses, services and amenities, rather than continued sprawl and unplanned, uneconomic growth.

The immediate priority is to increase overall housing supply to a baseline level of 25,000 homes a year by 2020, and then a likely level of 30-35,000 annually up to 2027.

Within this output, 112,000 households are expected to have their housing needs met in a social housing home over the next decade. The government is also making state lands available for the affordable homes.

A new €2 billion Urban Regeneration and Development Fund will aim to achieve sustainable growth in Ireland’s five cities and other large urban centres, incentivising collaborative approaches to development by public and private sectors.

We want to secure at least 40% of our future housing needs by building and renewing within our existing built-up areas, whether they be in the many villages and towns in need of regeneration or in our cities and larger towns where there are also huge opportunities for city and town centre regeneration.

A National Regeneration and Development Agency will therefore be established to ensure more effective co-ordination and management of the development of lands, in particular publicly-owned lands within and throughout urban centres across a range of scales, delivering more compact and sustainable growth.

See National Strategic Outcome 1 of the National Development Plan 2018 - 2027 for the full detail.