Let’s Talk Housing seminar set for Longford's Backstage Theatre

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Let’s Talk Housing seminar set for Longford's Backstage Theatre

Longford County Council's Head of Local Enterprise, Michael Nevin.

Longford County Council is hosting the latest seminar in its ‘Discussion On’ series with a Let’s Talk Housing seminar in the Backstage Theatre in Longford on Friday, December 14 at 10am.

Market evidence and feedback from employers suggests that there is currently a serious shortage of quality affordable housing across the country to include the Midlands region.

Longford County Council, in a bid to ramp up the development of quality affordable housing on land that is already zoned for residential properties is anxious to engage with key personnel who have the potential to deliver housing solutions for the County over the next five years.

Speaking to the Longford Leader, Michael Nevin, Head of Enterprise at Longford County Council said,
“The hope is to stimulate interest in building affordable and quality homes in the midlands to meet current and anticipated demand for housing of this type over the next few years.

“Feedback from our larger employers, many of them in expansion mode and also from new employers like Center Parcs Longford Forest tell us that it is becoming increasingly difficult for employees to source suitable housing in the region, new housing stock is needed and quickly.”

Mr Nevin concluded by stating that Longford Local Authority has a proud track record in efficiently accommodating the needs of developers interested in investing in Longford, but added that 'while there is a renewed sense of confidence in the county, it is critical that housing supply keeps up with demand from new employees coming to live and work in the County'.

Key note speakers at the 2-hour seminar include Hubert Fitzpatrick of the Construction Industry Federation, Gerard Brady, Senior Economist with IBEC and Mark Fitzgerald, Chairman of Sherry Fitzgerald, all of whom will give a valuable insight on what is needed to get the housing sector moving again.

The seminar will be facilitated by Sheila Reilly, Head of Digital at Iconic Newspapers.

With a target audience to include developers, planning consultants, quantity surveyors, consulting engineers, bankers, solicitors, accountants etc. from five midland counties, the aim is to open up a discussion on how to encourage and facilitate developers to build the type of houses that will help sustain local towns and villages.

If you would like further details or would like to attend contact Norma Foley, Longford County Council at nfoley@leo.longfordcoco.ie