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Part V Acquisition

Local authorities may buy new houses from property developers for social and affordable housing under Part V of the planning laws.

Part V Information for Developers

Under Part V of the Act it is a requirement of planning permission for new housing developments that a certain portion of the land - up to 20% - be reserved to meet the need for social and affordable housing.

Part V of the Act enables local authorities to achieve this strategy by requiring housing developers to enter into an agreement, with the appropriate Local Authority, to provide houses, fully or partially serviced sites, or land or an equivalent monetary contribution for the purposes of Social and Affordable Housing. It also sets out the terms of such agreements and the manner in which compensation will be decided.

However, in view of the current economic climate and resulting funding constraints it is unlikely that the Local Authority would be in a position to purchases houses, sites or land and in any negotiations the preferred option for compliance with Part V would be the payment of a monetary contribution.

Related Information

Part V Guideline for Developers

The aim of the Part V and of the Government’s Social Housing Policy will be better achieved by the acquisition of houses on the site of the development in order to advance the aim of achieving a social housing mix.

The Local Authority should engage with the developer at the design stage of the project, to ensure that units suitable for the Local Authority’s needs are included in the project.

Please see full guideline document for developers below.