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Irish Land Development Agency cracks on

Words: Roger Milne
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John Coleman, initially interim chief executive of the Ireland’s new Land Development Agency, has been confirmed as the organisation’s first CEO.

To date, the focus of the LDA has been on eight sites with the capacity to deliver 8,000 new homes, as well as identifying the best route to delivering them and supporting development in a speedy and sustainable way.

Having completed initial feasibility work, professional teams have been appointed to advance planning applications for three of the sites, including Skerries, north County Dublin (around 250 homes); the former St Kevin’s Hospital in Cork city (around 200 homes); and the former Devoy Barracks in Naas, County Kildare (around 200 homes).

The LDA is also working in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to deliver about 600 social and affordable homes in Shanganagh, Shankill, south County Dublin.

Housing and planning minister Eoghan Murphy said: “With the LDA, we have a new state body with access to the lands, the capital, the skills and the mandate to lead the development of the state’s land bank for the common good.   

“With John as CEO, we have someone who has the necessary experience and skill set to lead the team to deliver on this important project.”

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