Thursday, 16 July 2020

Questions (96)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin


96. Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the projects under consideration by the Land Development Agency; the co-living and-or shared accommodation projects that are under consideration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16393/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Land Development Agency (LDA) was established on an interim basis in September 2018, by way of an Establishment Order (S.I. 352 of 2018, as amended by S.I. 603 of 2018) made under the Local Government Services (Corporate Bodies) Act 1971, pending the enactment of primary legislation when it will be established as a commercial State agency.

On establishment, the LDA had access to an initial tranche of 8 sites that have near term delivery potential for 3,000 new homes. The sites concerned are as follows:

1. Central Mental Hospital Site, Dundrum

2. Hampton, Balbriggan

3. Hacketstown, Skerries

4. Devoy Barracks, Naas

5. Former Meath Hospital, Dublin City Centre

6. St. Kevin's Hospital, Cork

7. Columb Barracks, Mullingar

8. Dyke Road, Galway

In addition, in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the LDA have been granted planning permission for the development of 597 homes on a site in Shanganagh. It is intended that approximately 34% of the units in this development will be for social housing, 51% will be cost rental and 15% will be for affordable purchase.

The LDA is also working in partnership with other local authorities around the country. It is running a design review of the Sandy Road Regeneration Project in Galway which has the potential for up to 1,000 homes. It is also working with Limerick City and County Council on a site near Colbert Station in Limerick, funding a masterplan of the site which consists of lands owned by the Council, CIÉ, the Department of Education and the HSE.

Based on information provided by the LDA, there are currently no plans to include a co-living project on any sites currently under development.

As with all State bodies operating under the aegis of my Department, arrangements have been put in place by the LDA through which Oireachtas members can request information directly from the Agency in relation to operational matters - in this regard, the LDA may be contacted directly at