Thursday, 6 December 2018

Questions (276, 278)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

276. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 631 of 27 November 2018, if the project has a full local authority inhouse design team; if not, if the project has inhouse architectural services and outsourced the remaining design team externally; the potential local authority fees on this project at each stage through to construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51244/18]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

278. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 631 of 27 November 2018, the amount to date of staged transfer of funds to the local authority relating to this housing project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51284/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 276 and 278 together.

My Department approved funding of €1.1m for this scheme in July 2018 and it is now a matter for Wicklow County Council to progress the scheme to construction. Architectural and Assigned Certifier Services for this project were provided by the local authority while other services were externally resourced and appointed.

Funding in relation to in-house professional services for new social housing build projects is based on a percentage of the construction costs excluding VAT and is stage payable as follows:

i. 5% on Stage 1 approval;

ii. 20% on Stage 2 approval;

iii. 40% on Stage 3 approval;

iv. 7.5% on Stage 4 approval;

v. 25% over the construction period; and

vi. 2.5% on Department sign-off of the final account.

A total of €307,639.25 has been provided to date to the Council in respect of fees, site costs and local authority administration costs.