Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (205)

Billy Timmins

Question:

202 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the steps he will take to encourage the provision of private sites by local authorities. [27601/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

It is open to local authorities to provide housing sites at reasonable cost to assist persons in housing need to provide their own housing. Some authorities have a limited capacity to provide housing sites at reasonable cost to individuals who wish to provide their own housing because of the land requirements for a significantly increased number of projects involving the provision of social and affordable housing directly by local authorities. It is estimated that local authorities will provide around 100 sites for sale in the current year. My Department will continue to keep this measure under review.