Planning and Development Act, 2000
93.—(1) In this Part—
“accommodation needs” means the size of the accommodation required by an eligible person determined in accordance with the regulations made by the Minister under section 100 (1)(a);
“affordable housing” means houses or land made available, in accordance with section 96 (9) or (10), for eligible persons;
“eligible person” means, subject to subsection (3) and to the regulations, if any, made by the Minister under section 100 (1)(b), a person who is in need of accommodation and whose income would not be adequate to meet the payments on a mortgage for the purchase of a house to meet his or her accommodation needs because the payments calculated over the course of a year would exceed 35 per cent of that person's annual income net of income tax and pay related social insurance;
“housing strategy” means a strategy included in a development plan in accordance with section 94 (1);
“market value”, in relation to a house, means the price which the unencumbered fee simple of the house would fetch if sold on the open market;
“mortgage” means a loan for the purchase of a house secured by mortgage in an amount not exceeding 90 per cent of the price of the house.
(2) For the purposes of this Part, the accommodation needs of an eligible person includes the accommodation needs of any other person who might reasonably be expected to reside with the eligible person.
(3) In determining the eligibility of a person for the purposes of this Part, the planning authority shall take into account—
(a) half the annual income, net of income tax and pay related social insurance, of any other person who might reasonably be expected to reside with the eligible person and contribute to the mortgage payments, and
(b) any other financial circumstances of the eligible person and any other person who might reasonably be expected to reside with the eligible person and contribute to the mortgage payments.
(4) For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby declared that, in respect of any planning application or appeal, compliance with the housing strategy and any related objective in the development plan shall be a consideration material to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.