Sunday 25 February 2018

I hate to say it, but we really need to get developers back building houses again

What we obviously don’t need is Anglo-style development. AP
What we obviously don’t need is Anglo-style development. AP
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

DEEP breath. I never imagined the sentence that's about to follow would ever form in my brain, let along make it into print – but here goes. Bring back the developers.

Not the flamboyant, social diary fixtures from before. No need to apply if you were one of the speculative types prone to throwing up developments in Ballygonowhere on a "build it and they will come" wing and a prayer.

But developers are best placed to deliver long-term solutions to the current homeless crisis. Preferably developers sitting on green-field sites suitable for social housing projects. This may not be a popular proposal as developers who left a trail of debts emerge from speedy UK bankruptcies, ready to start over. Or as others such as Sean Dunne are accused of a lack of co-operation when their finances are scrutinised: a US bankruptcy official says Mr Dunne tried to send him on "a wild goose chase" and claims he has been involved in a "cloak and dagger" game spanning three continents. The official also wants to question Gayle Killilea about assets and cash transferred to her by her husband.

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