Thursday, 14 February 2019

Questions (30)

Mick Wallace

Question:

30. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Finance if he envisages NAMA and NTMA staff being seconded to the Land Development Agency; if he has discussed same with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, the interim CEO of the Land Development Agency and the chairman and CEO of NAMA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7354/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

I can confirm that, following a request from the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government last June, the NTMA agreed to the secondment of three staff members to the LDA on a temporary basis to assist with the establishment of that Agency. Neither I nor the Department of Finance have had any further discussions with any of the parties listed in relation to any further secondments of staff to the LDA.

The Land Development Agency (LDA) was established on 13 September 2018 by way of Establishment Order under the Local Government Services (Corporate Bodies) Act 1971. The Agency is a commercial State body and national centre of expertise, working with and supporting local authorities, public bodies and other interests, to harness public lands as catalysts to stimulate regeneration and wider investment and to achieve compact, sustainable growth, with a particular emphasis on complex regeneration projects and the provision of affordable housing. In line with its mandate, the LDA will retain experienced staff with extensive skills and experience in project management, finance, planning, development, law and procurement and will provide professional services to master-plan key sites/areas for development in key urban areas, in partnership with local authorities and other state bodies.

A general scheme of a Bill to establish the LDA on a primary legislative footing is expected to be published in the coming weeks, with pre-legislative scrutiny to follow shortly thereafter in parallel with the drafting of the Bill. On enactment, a permanent Chairperson and Board will be appointed.