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Under the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015, each local authority must compile a register of lands in its area that are suitable for housing but are not coming forward for development. On January 1st 2017, these registers will be established and an associated vacant site levy will be charged, where appropriate, from January 2019 onwards.
What is a Vacant Site?
The Urban Regeneration and Housing Act defines a vacant site as any land where:
- In the case of residential land (exceeding 0.05 hectares), there is a need for housing in the area, the site is suitable for housing and the majority of the site has not been in use (i.e. vacant) for an extended period of time
- In the case of regeneration land (other than residential land), the majority of the site has not been in use (i.e. vacant) for an extended period of time and where the fact that the site being vacant is having a negative impact on existing amenities or on the character of the area.
What is Residential Land?
This is land where the zoning objective on the land is mainly for residential purposes.
In the Draft Fingal County Council Development Plan, this is lands zoned “RA” RESIDENTIAL AREA and “RS” RESIDENTIAL.
What is Regeneration Land?
This is land identified in the Fingal County Council Draft Development Plan with the objective for the development and renewal of areas in need of regeneration.
In the Fingal County Council Draft Development Plan, this refers to lands zoned “LC” LOCAL CENTRE, “MC” MAJOR TOWN CENTRE, “TC” TOWN AND DISTRICT CENTRE and “GE” GENERAL ENTERPRISE.
What happens next?
On January 1st 2017, Fingal County Council established a Vacant Sites Register which aims to capture sites within the County on housing or regeneration lands suitable for housing but not coming forward for development.
As the Register was only established on January 1st 2017, it is not presently populated with any vacant sites. Fingal County Council is presently engaging in a detailed assessment of all potential vacant sites in the County. This assessment will involve correspondence with the relevant landowners at various stages throughout the review process.
What information can be found on the Vacant Sites Register?
As set out in Section 8 of the Urban and Regeneration Housing Act 2015, each vacant site placed on the Register will include the following information:
- A description (including a map) of any site in its functional area which was, in the opinion of the planning authority, a vacant site for the duration of the 12 months preceding the date of entry;
- Where the site comprises registered land, the folio details;
- The name and address of the owner;
- Particulars of the market value of the site; and
- Such other information referred to in the Act that the Minister may prescribe.
Additional information in relation to dates and location will also be provided for ease of reference.
Where can I find out what Vacant Sites there are in Fingal County?
The Vacant Sites Register is available for inspection at the County Hall Planning Counter during normal opening hours. A spread sheet is included below.
For ease of reference, an on-line map viewer will be also available at a later date.
NOTE: As the Register was only established on January 1st 2017, the Register is not presently populated with any vacant sites. Fingal County Council is presently engaging in a detailed assessment of all potential vacant sites in the County. This assessment will involve correspondence with the relevant landowners at various stages throughout the review process.
For Further Information on Vacant Sites, please contact the Planning and Strategic Infrastructure Department on (01) 890 5677 or email [email protected]