Tuesday September 22, 2020

Fast-track housing scheme review tells some home truths

The Strategic Housing Development initiative was introduced to speed up construction of new homes, but a number of key players, from state bodies to developers, have suggested it is making little difference

Killian Woods

Business reporter

2nd February, 2020
The Strategic Housing Development initiative has been criticised by state bodies and councils. Picture: Bloomberg

The government’s fast-track housing scheme has been criticised as “flawed” and its ability to deliver units quickly has been called into question by local authorities.

A full review of the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) initiative, which was published last October, claimed it had “generally been a success” and led to its renewal until 2021.

However, documents released under Freedom of Information now show that several state bodies and councils had...

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