The failure of the government to accept and implement a house building policy that is working successfully internationally, is baffling, according to Charlestown based Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray.

The councillor says that “The Florida Model” that sees local authorities secure land banks, with services and facilities, offered to private builders to provide the houses is successfully rolling out accommodation across Europe and America.

The builder then pays back the price of the serviced land to the local authority once the house is sold.

Cllr Murray says given the difficulty for builders securing finance from the banks for housing developments, and the crisis in accommodation both nationally and locally, it would make sense for government to roll out the tried and tested “Florida Model” here.

Cllr Murray has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley more about how the model works…

 

 

 

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