Pandemic presents chance to push EU for more flexibility on housing

The Land Development Agency has been hampered by political timidity and potential objections over state aid, but all that might soon change

30th March, 2020
Pandemic presents chance to push EU for more flexibility on housing
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy with Paschal Donohoe. The Minister for Finance recently recently said it was critical to “stabilise land prices by releasing large tracts of public land to the Land Development Agency”. Picture:

The much-touted Land Development Agency (LDA) was set up in 2018 with the intention of developing 3,000 homes initially on eight state-owned sites. All the work since then has been on preparing planning applications and masterplans. Not a single brick has been laid.

Fianna Fáil’s government-formation negotiating team were shocked to be told by members of the LDA last month that it could take a further three to five years before any houses were built on the...

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