Thursday, 18 February 2021

Questions (133)

Richard Bruton

Question:

133. Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage his estimate of the total area of public lands owned by public bodies listed in schedule 1 and 2 of the draft Land Development Agency; the amount that may be suitable for housing; the projected acreage which can be activated for consideration of development master planning by the agency over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9302/21]

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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.

As part of its existing remit, the LDA is currently developing a register of all relevant public lands to allow for better management of these State land assets, including their strategic planning and urban regeneration potential. An initial version of the register has been completed and is available on the LDA website.

The Land Development Agency Bill will put the Register of Relevant Public Lands on a statutory basis. When fully completed, it will contain information on all relevant public lands, including lands owned by public bodies listed in Schedule 1 and 2 of the Land Development Agency Bill.

Under the legislation, the LDA will be required to report to Government in relation to land on the Register, which could be suitable for housing or urban development and the Government may decide that certain land be transferred to it taking into account the current use of the land. As the work in relation to the Register is ongoing and the legislation has not been enacted, the LDA has not yet commenced work on identifying possible sites on the register that may be suitable for housing and the potential units that could be provided on them.