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Land Use, Land Value and Urban Development

NESC has been important in helping build consensus across diverse economic and social groups on the issue of housing. It has done so by helping to create a shared understanding that Ireland must bring about a fundamental change in its system of urban development, land management and housing provision. Ireland must evolve from a speculative and highly cyclical system to a permanently affordable, stable and more sustainable system of housing.

NESC recent research and report No.150 Housing Policy: Actions to Deliver Change, focused on two-related issues. First, bridging the supply gap by actively managing land and locational value for public good; and second, bridging the affordability gap by engineering-in permanent affordability. Separately, the Council has recommended the adoption of a more sustainable form of urban development (transport-orientated development) on foot of a significant, recent research study.

Looking ahead, it is proposed that NESC would continue to explore ways in which it can make a constructive contribution. The starting point for this will be consideration of Housing for All, it points of connection with NESC work, strengths and issues for consideration.

NESC Council and Secretariat work in this area can be accessed in the following pages:

For more information, please contact: Dr. Cathal FitzGerald


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This work builds on the four reports on housing and land agreed by the Council in its previous term:

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