Sunday 4 December 2016

Housing proposals merit further action

Published 24/07/2015 | 02:30

Why should the State sit on valuable land banks in our main towns and cities when we have a chronic shortage of homes?
Why should the State sit on valuable land banks in our main towns and cities when we have a chronic shortage of homes?

The proposals from the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) seem eminently reasonable, if the Government is serious about tackling the housing crisis.

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Why should the State sit on valuable land banks in our main towns and cities when we have a chronic shortage of homes?

The NESC makes the not unreasonable point that these lands could be released to developers if they were willing to provide certainty on rent. This would not only provide quality, affordable homes, but also help improve competitiveness.

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