KCC revising development levies as way to stimulate house building

The Chief Executive of Kerry County Council says they are revising the development contribution scheme as a way to stimulate the house building sector.

Moira Murrell says delivering the housing project is the biggest priority for the local authority.

Just over 3,900 people are on the housing waiting list with 81 per cent of those in rented accommodation.

1,200 housing units will be delivered by Kerry County Council under the 2015 to 2017 plan; which exceeds the target of 1,058.

Chief Executive Moira Murrell says half of those on the list are single people and this impacts on the type of units needed and says getting vacant units back into use will be crucial:

Meanwhile, Moira Murrell says a plan to develop a national strategy on greenways by Minister Shane Ross will not impact on the timeline of the South Kerry Greenway.

175 parcels of land are involved in the 32 kilometre greenway from Glenbeigh to Renard via Caherciveen which Ms Murrell has described as “iconic”.

She says Kerry County Council is taking a belt and braces approach to the project and the CPO process as it may be the subject of an oral hearing and this will all take time: