Cost of one-off homes 'significantly less' than cost of purchasing land on open market, says Ó Cuív

Wed, May 23, 2018

Fianna Fáil Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív.

The cost of building one-off council houses on family owned land is "significantly less" than the cost of purchasing land on the open market and building scheme houses, and is something the Galway County Council needs to start considering.

This is the view of Fianna Fáil Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív, who is calling on the Galway County Council to consider building one-off council houses on the land owned by the family of the housing applicants, in situations where it is available and where it is the preferred choice of the applicant.

Dep Ó Cuív said that by adopting such an approach, it would go some way to "reduce the housing list in Galway". He also note that in recent years, the Galway County Council has built "very few, one-off local authority houses", despite "sites being made available" for these houses. "The cost of the land itself is minimal – a nominal fee of €100 is the norm," he said, "therefore the cost of building these houses is significantly less than the cost of purchasing land on the open market and building scheme houses."


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