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30,000 homes planned for Dublin sites

MORE than 30,000 homes could be built in Dublin on land that is currently lying undeveloped, the Herald has learned.

Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan has revealed that zoned land in Dublin could potentially be used to feed the current high demand for family homes in the capital.

This demand has driven up the cost of such houses in Dublin, where supply is outstripped by demand from people who want to move from smaller apartments or from areas outside Dublin to be nearer their jobs.

Dublin Mid-West Labour TD Joanna Tuffy recently asked the minister what acreage of land in the country is zoned for future residential development; the total number of houses that could be built on that and the amount of it that is in Dublin.

Ms O'Sullivan responded saying it is provisionally estimated there is in excess of 25,000 hectares of undeveloped residentially zoned land nationally, which could accommodate over 500,000 new homes based on an average 20 units per hectare.


"This capacity is considered to be sufficient to meet the housing requirements nationally for in excess of the next 10 years," said the Minister.

She added that a recent separate data gathering exercise conducted by her Department indicated there is zoning of land for upwards of 30,000 new homes in the Dublin region.

A new internet based approach to collating the data nationally on land availability is currently being finalised by the Environment Department in conjunction with local authorities.

Ms O'Sullivan hopes that this Residential Land Availability Survey (RLAS) will be available by the end of April 2014.

Meanwhile, Deputy Tuffy told the Herald that the information supplied by the Minister clearly shows "there is enough land zoned in Dublin."

She said: "There is plenty of land zoned to keep us going for a long time. What we need is very strategic planning into the future, and not to make the mistakes that were made in the past.

"There is a need for new houses to be built in Dublin. The government needs to work with the local authorities and developers to make sure that what is needed is built, but in a sustainable away."