Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (147)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

263 Mr. O'Dowd asked the Minister for Defence his plans for the future of Gormanstown Military Camp having regard to a previous decision to allocate land at this camp for housing; the progress on this decision and on the sale or otherwise of this property; if military activity will continue in this camp or on the adjacent Mosney open range; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2053/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Defence)

On 1 July 2003 the Government agreed that Gormanston Camp, County Meath, would be among the State lands released to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for inclusion in the Sustaining Progress affordable housing initiative.

The intention is that this initiative will be targeted at those who in the past would have expected to purchase a house from their own resources but find that they are unable to do so in the current market. The release of State lands under this initiative is a critical first step in ensuring early delivery of affordable housing units.

The modalities of the transfer of the property to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the quantity of land involved are under active consideration.