Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (76)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

76. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will provide a full report on the involvement of the Land Development Agency in the development of public housing on a site (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16406/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The primary role of the Land Development Agency is to drive the use of available State lands for the development of housing and to regenerate under-utilised sites. On its establishment, the Agency had access to an initial tranche of 8 sites that have near term delivery potential for 3,000 new homes, with additional potential for 7,000 new homes over the medium to longer term. Significant preparatory work is underway in relation to these sites. In addition to this work, the LDA is also working to expand the pipeline of projects with additional publicly owned sites.

The LDA has been in discussions with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council regarding the Council's site at Shanganagh. The focus of those discussions has centred on the range of options which could be pursued to accelerate the delivery of housing on the site.

The LDA is currently working on a delivery plan for the site, including financing, which will be presented for consideration by the elected members of the County Council later this year. Ultimately, any plan regarding the development of the site will be a matter for the local authority. The Board of the LDA would need to approve any proposals for the LDA itself to invest in the development.