Residential Development Land

Part of the security held by NAMA in respect of debtor loans comprises approximately 577 hectares of residential development land in Ireland as at end-March 2021. This land is owned by NAMA debtors or, in the case of enforcement, is managed on behalf of debtors by duly appointed insolvency practitioners.

Section 10 of the NAMA Act requires NAMA to obtain the best financial return for the State, deal expeditiously with the assets acquired by it and protect or otherwise enhance the value of those assets. In line with this, NAMA is working with debtors and receivers to identify, where commercially viable to facilitate new residential development on this land. In 2015, NAMA agreed the objective of facilitating the construction of up to 20,000 new residential units in Ireland on these lands, subject to commercial viability. This equated to approximately one-fifth of expected demand for housing over that period. Notwithstanding this significant contribution, other sources of new housing output are also required.

The majority of residential zoned land in Ireland is not held by NAMA. Even in Dublin, where NAMA debtors' and receivers' assets are concentrated, NAMA debtors and receivers have only ever held a minority share of the residential zoned land.

Reflecting both demand and economic viability, over 90% of the potential delivery will be in Dublin and the neighbouring counties of Wicklow, Kildare and Meath and with a particular focus on the starter home market.

In some areas within Dublin and in the Greater Dublin Area, development remains unviable for commercial, planning and infrastructural reasons which particularly continue to adversely impact the delivery of many apartment developments.

Outside of the Dublin area, there are very substantial commercial, planning and infrastructural barriers to new development. Much of the future development of land  outside the major urban areas is dependent on substantial progress in a number of areas including planning frameworks and addressing public infrastructure deficits, for example, roads, water, sewerage, transport and schools.


Nama Residential Delivery Progress to end-March 2021


Residential Delivery Pipeline at end-March 2021


Potential residential units currently in the planning process, at end-March 2021