Thursday, 11 February 2021

Questions (94)

Thomas Gould

Question:

94. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the percentage of affordable, social and private houses, respectively, to be built on the St. Kevin's site in Cork city. [7543/21]

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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 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. The LDA Bill has now been published and will shortly be brought before the Oireachtas.

The LDA are currently working on a HSE owned 14.5 acre site on the grounds of St. Kevin’s Hospital, Cork. The LDA have advised my Department that the development will be an affordable housing led scheme, providing mixed tenure housing and will deliver approximately 266 units. An Strategic Housing Development planning application for the site was lodged with An Bord Pleanála last year and the exact housing mix will not be finalised until planning permission is granted.

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 oireachtas@lda.ie.