Exclusive: Housing Commission warns of electricity and water risk to housing

The high-level expert group has found that the delivery of basic services is now a major impediment to developers

The Housing Commission tell the government that a transformation is required, with a need for utilities infrastructure to be developed with housing in mind.

Blockages to critical infrastructure like electricity and water now represent a serious long-term threat to the country’s housing targets, the government’s Housing Commission will warn.

As part of a milestone report on the country’s future housing policy, the expert group is set to tell the government that delays to key services provided by Uisce Éireann and ESB are a major obstacle for developers.

The commission, which includes industry, legal, and academic experts, is worried about the prospect of major water shortages in the greater Dublin area within six years.