Caroline Spillane and Dr Kieran Feighan address the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Planning

Caroline Spillane and Dr Kieran Feighan address the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government on the pre-legislative scrutiny of the general scheme of the Land Development Agency Bill 2019

17 October 2019 at 09:43

Caroline Spillane addresses Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government on the pre-legislative scrutiny of the general scheme of the Land Development Agency Bill 2019

Engineers Ireland’s Director General, Caroline Spillane, and Past President, Dr Kieran Feighan, addressed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government on the pre-legislative scrutiny of the general scheme of the Land Development Agency Bill 2019.

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Kieran Feighan addresses Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government on the pre-legislative scrutiny of the general scheme of the Land Development Agency Bill 2019

They welcomed the general scheme of the Bill which establishes the Land Development Agency (LDA) on a primary legislative basis. However, they emphasised that “the LDA must have a strong legislative mandate, should be well governed and adequately resourced in terms of funding and expertise to grasp these opportunities for environmental, social and economic transformation”.

The Engineers Ireland representatives presented five recommendations for the Bill:

  1. Clarity on institutional relationships
  2. A coordinated approach to infrastructure development
  3. Compulsory Purchase Order powers
  4. An explicit focus on developing sustainable communities and quality homes
  5. Resources and professional competence

You can read Engineers Ireland’s opening statement to the Committee here and you can watch the playback of the proceedings here.

For more information on the Land Development Agency and Engineers Ireland’s views on housing and infrastructure, read The State of Ireland 2019 report.