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Cavan will need 602 new homes in the next three years and has enough zoned land to build 3,850 houses.

This is more than enough land to cover the county's needs, but there are still areas that will struggle to meet the demand. Kingscourt - which lies on the Cavan/Meath border - will see its population grow by 300 to around 2,600 in the next three years. The Housing Agency expects there will be a need for 104 new homes to facilitate the growth in population. The town is zoned for 101 new homes, which might meet this demand; however, there is no guarantee all of these sites will be developed.

Land zoned (ha): 252

Potential number of homes: 3,850

Housing requirement: 602

Percentage of zoned land needed: 15.6pc

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The Residential Land Availability Survey map was created by drawing together zoning maps held by each local authority in the State.

Developed by the Department of the Environment, it sets out individual plots of land in towns, villages, cities and rural areas, and indicates the number of homes permitted on each site.

It took almost two years to develop, and provides planners and developers with an overview of the available land for housing.

It does not include land zoned for mixed-use development, which would generally include some housing provision. Nor does it include derelict sites.

The data is based on the situation as of March 31 last. Stage 1 land is considered not viable for development in the short-term because necessary services such as water are not in place. Stage 2 land has no major constraints. Not all the land has planning permission.


Irish Independent