Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Implementing Housing for All: Discussion (Resumed)

Photo of John CumminsJohn Cummins (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

That is fine. My next question relates to leasing. Meath County Council delivered 214 units through leasing in the period from 2018 to 2021 and 104 units are intended for 2022 and 2023. Kildare County Council delivered 447 units through leasing in the period from 2018 to 2021 and 348 units are earmarked for 2022 and 2023. I have asked a number of local authorities about the benefits of the leasing programme that was in place and is now being phased out. The committee will be making recommendations as part of its work. My question to both local authorities is whether they would be in favour of the reintroduction of the enhanced leasing scheme, particularly in light of the fact that we have seen a drop-off in commencements in some spaces dependent on private sector delivery, particularly in the case of higher density units. All of our guests' colleagues responded in favour of same. Will they give an indication of their preferences? If they do not agree, I would be interested to hear their opinions.


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