On Thursday 28th April 2011, the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) in NUI Maynooth – together with the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) and the Border Regional Authority (BRA) – hosted the second of three practical roundtable discussions. The focus of this event was Land Banking and Housing Development: The (New) Role of the Planning System.

This 1-day roundtable discussion considered the state of housing development and the potential of land banking across the island of Ireland with respect to housing need, unfinished estates, the property market, the planning system and both the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency (HSCA) and the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). It examined international experiences of asset disposal and public land development, and explored possibilities and opportunities in the island of Ireland context. It debated the role of local authorities, HSCA, NAMA, housing associations, private developers and other actors in addressing present issues and creating a more sustainable system of development that serves public and private interests. Attended by over 30 people, this event created a space in which key stakeholder agencies were provided with the opportunity to share and learn from each other.

Presenters on the day were as follows:

Prof. Brendan Gleeson, Deputy Director, NIRSA, NUI Maynooth & Formerly, Director – Urban Research Program, Griffith University, Brisbane

Kevin Maguire, Social Housing Developer & Associate, Institute for International Urban Development, Cambridge, Mass.

John O’Connor, Chief Executive, Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency

Alice Charles, Associate Director, Colin Buchanan

Ms. Kathleen McKillion, Head of Development & Mr. Gene Clayton, President, Irish Council for Social Housing

You can download the presentations in .pdf format from the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) website, click here for access