Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (44, 64)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

44. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the way 2014 funding for regeneration projects will be allocated; and the progress in the major regeneration schemes across the State. [44846/13]

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Brian Stanley

Question:

64. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the way in which the €79 million allocated for housing regeneration will be divided between those specific areas of regeneration in Dublin and Limerick; and the way the remainder of the fund will be allocated. [44807/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 44 and 64 together.

My Department currently supports an ambitious programme of regeneration which seeks to address the causes of disadvantage in communities and large social housing estates and flat complexes through holistic programmes of physical, social and economic regeneration. Some €70m is being provided in 2014 to support the completion or continuation of regeneration projects at a number of locations around the country including large scale projects in Ballymun, Dublin City, Limerick and Cork and smaller scale projects at Tralee, Sligo and Dundalk. A further €9 million is being allocated for a remedial works programme, focussed largely on the deep retrofitting of social housing units at a number of estates and flat complexes, including Liberty House in Dublin city.

The funding available for regeneration in 2014 will be allocated on the basis of the level of contractual commitments on regeneration projects currently underway and the regeneration work programmes to be submitted for 2014. I intend to announce details of these allocations early in the New Year.

Good progress is being made in the delivery of regeneration projects across the country. In relation to Dublin, construction works at Ballymun and St. Michael's Estate, Inchicore will be substantially completed in 2014. Plans for the refurbishment of 63 units and the construction of 37 new units at Dolphin House are well advanced, with demolition and construction works due to commence late 2014 or early 2015.

In the case of the redevelopment of St. Teresa's Gardens, the retrofitting of apartments to facilitate the de-tenanting of apartments due for demolition has commenced and it is anticipated that 16 units will be completed by the end of the year. This will facilitate the demolition of vacant units and the start of preparatory work for the construction of 50 new units on the cleared site.

In relation to Limerick, the regeneration programme over the past five years has facilitated a substantial acquisition and re-housing programme with over 1,000 households relocated to date. I recently launched a comprehensive Framework Implementation Plan which has the capacity to transform the four regeneration areas within Limerick. The implementation of this plan will see construction and refurbishment accelerate in all regeneration areas in 2014.

The proposed works for Cork City North West Regeneration are being carried out on a phased basis and in accordance with available funding. All the tenants from Phase 1 have now been relocated and the houses have been demolished. Work is due to commence shortly on the construction of 23 new social houses.

The Mitchel's Area regeneration programme in Tralee is in its final phase, having made significant progress in the delivery of key elements including the delivery of Phases 1 and 2 of the Tobar Naofa housing development.

The regeneration of the Cranmore estate in Sligo and Cox's Demesne in Dundalk are at an early stage of development. However, some important initial works have been completed including, in the case of the Cranmore Estate, a windows and doors replacement programme and the completion of the initial phases of the Cleveragh Regional Park. In the case of Cox's Demesne, the retrofitting of a number of houses has been completed with the next phase focussing on the strategic demolition of a number of dwellings and the construction of some new dwellings.

Question No. 45 answered with Question No. 22.