Over 1,000 council homes to be provided by 2026

Eoin Ryan

Meath County Council plans on providing 1,018 of council houses by 2026 as part of the ‘Housing for All’ plan published last September. This will support just over a quarter of the 3,881 meath residents currently on the council housing waiting list.

The council said that the extent of social housing delivery in the county over the past five years had been “significant” and provided a strong basis to drive further housing delivery into the future.

343 of council housing applicants in Meath have a physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual disability and the Draft County Meath Strategy for Housing People with a Disability 2021-26 was submitted to a housing agency. 

The need for age friendly units for older people will also be reflected in the county council’s delivery programme, according to Meath County Council. 449 people on the housing waiting list are 55 or older and 179 council tenants are 70 or over living alone in houses with more than one bedroom.

Thirty six per cent of the overall housing needs exists in Navan with 1,436 applications made for council housing . Ashbourne had 575, Laytown/ Bettystown 531, Kells 516, Trim 448, and Ratoath 375 housing applications for each constituency.

413 units are expected to be delivered this year and targets of 323 in 2023, 249 in 2024, 267 in 2025, and 273 units in 2026 have been set. 151 Affordable houses are also planned to be constructed by the 2026 deadline.

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