No active vacant site registry in either Cavan or Monaghan

Neither Cavan or Monaghan County Council have an active vacant site registry.

Only four of the countries 31 local authorities collected the vacant sites levy last year, leaving more than 9 million euro in funding for housing untapped.

Almost half of the city and county councils didn’t have functioning registers of vacant sites in their areas, or didn’t collect levies.

Monaghan and Cavan were two of the eight local authorities around the country that had no entries on their register at the end of 2019.

In a statement to Shannonside Northern Sound News, Monaghan County Council said there are no entries on the register, so no levies have been issued or collected.

Cavan County Council has been contacted for a statement.

Levies are due to be imposed at a rate of 7% of a sites market value and the revenue used by councils for housing.

The Parliamentary Budget Office, which questioned councils about their performance, said one explanation provided for the inaction was that there was a lack of housing need, but noted that all local authorities had waiting lists for social housing.

 

Statement from Monaghan County Council:

The Vacant Site Levy was introduced in 2017 to reduce land hoarding and encourage use of development land in urban areas. Only 17 out of 31 local authorities have active registers reflecting the pattern of new housing development demand and supply throughout the country. A recently published report highlighted difficulties encountered with implementation and collection of the levy.

 

Land supply is not the main inhibitor to new housing development in Co. Monaghan. Monaghan County Council has concentrated on applying Derelict Sites legislation to address both vacancy and dereliction in towns. The outcome is most evident in Clones, where 15 buildings were acquired using compulsory purchase powers under the Derelict Sites and 22 new dwellings are currently being constructed as part of the Town Renewal Scheme.