Housing Minister Simon Coveney has set out the location of more than 800 sites owned by public bodies across the State, which will be offered to the private market to help boost housing supply.
At the launch of the Rebuilding Ireland Housing Land Map, Minister Coveney said the launch was a vital initial step in the new State Housing Land Management Strategy being developed under Ireland 2040, the National Planning Framework. More than 700 of the sites are controlled by Local Authorities, and any proposed schemes will benefit from a fast-track planning process where the public will have eight weeks to make submissions.
The Housing Land Map is published on-line, via an interactive mapping website, and can be accessed via the following link: http://housinggovie.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=f975f1b5e28f4203a269bdf0e6141b50 and further details are on the Rebuilding Ireland website http://rebuildingireland.ie/
The map is the result of the collation of data by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government from local authorities, the Housing Agency, and other State and Semi-State bodies. The datasets released include details of over 700 local authority and Housing Agency owned sites totalling some 1,700 hectares, as well 30 sites (200 hectares) owned by State or Semi-State Bodies, the latter in the Greater Dublin Area and other major urban centres. The map also shows the locations of 144 active sites, encompassing some 5,200 new dwellings which are under construction in the Dublin region.
Speaking at the launch of the map, the Minister said, “For the first time, we have a central database of land available for housing. This map represents both the opportunity to deliver housing and also the granular data on active delivery from sites around the country.” The Minister commended both South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council for their proactive approach in bringing forward 4 key sites that will deliver up to 3,000 much-needed social and affordable homes. These sites are located in Kilcarbery (South Dublin); and Infirmary Road, Emmet Road, and Oscar Traynor Road (Dublin City). “I want all local authorities to take up the mantle and to bring forward sites as quickly as possible for development in this way. Opening up State-land for mixed-tenure housing is a major policy intervention: if others control scarcity in terms of land supply, they control the market. I want the State to ensure that does not happen”, the Minister said.
The recent launch is the first phase of the map. Work is underway on collating further data layers such as social housing construction projects and private housing construction projects, which will be added over the coming months.