Thursday 8 December 2016

Council levies hampering the building of much-needed houses

Published 02/05/2016 | 02:30

New houses are urgently needed
New houses are urgently needed

In all the talk about housing, the cost of building is never mentioned. Yes, builders are sitting on land waiting for prices to rise. But in south county Dublin, all along the Luas lines and the M50, there are hundreds of acres of land with planning permission for thousands of houses. I can assure you, these landowners want to build.

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But Dun Laoghaire Rathdown council struck a levy in 2008 of €70,000 per unit to build a new road from Kilternan to the roundabout at Carrickmines retail park. This was costed at €143m, yet the plan for that road is now abolished and replaced with a smaller, much cheaper road where the ESB cables will go underground.

A quote for that was requested last September and there was a meeting in December and March. Still no costings. The landowners have offered the land for the road, in some cases for nothing, and some at a reduced rate.

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