Thursday 24 May 2018

Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan admits some ghost estates will be demolished

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

HOUSING minister Jan O’Sullivan has pledged to have most of the State’s 2,066 ghost estates completed within a year but others will have to be demolished.

Some 211 unfinished housing developments have been completed by local authorities, and work is underway on another 770, a new report says.

But she warned that in some cases, a number of estates would have to be demolished because there was no demand for homes in these areas.

Among the areas most likely to be affected include the midlands and border regions.

“These are complex issues and it’s a process that takes time. We are addressing it and we expect considerable progress in the next year,” she this morning.

“It’s a question of making the decisions required to make life better for people in these estates. Hard decisions will have to be made in some parts if these estates are not viable.”

A progress report published by the Department of the Environment today also says that NAMA is funding works on 29 developments needing “urgent remedial works” at a cost of €3m.

The agency holds almost 137 sites, and has identified 3,200 homes which may be suitable for social housing.

The Department of the Environment has agreed to take 2,000 of these homes, but further may be acquired.

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