Research into Incentives for the Reuse of Vacant Buildings in Town Centres

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Examples of incentives for the reuse of vacant buildings in town centres for housing and sustainable communities.

This week saw the launch of two new reports by Mr Damien English, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government on vacant properties. The research was commissioned by the Heritage Council as an output from the Collaborative Working Group for Housing and Sustainable Living, which includes representatives from the Heritage Council, Housing Agency of Ireland, Mayo County Council and Space Engagers.

This ongoing collaboration recognises the urgent need to address the nationwide housing crisis, to use existing buildings efficiently, and to revitalise rural towns and villages and realise their potential for creating sustainable communities. 

The reports demonstrate the pivotal role that Government at central and local level must play in ensuring that we have a comprehensive and easily accessible knowledge of our existing building stock and the vital role Government must play in co-ordinating and managing the creation of sustainable communities.