Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Questions (659)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

659. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 595 of 29 January 2019, if projects for Galway city have been approved under the serviced sites fund 2018; if so, the details of the projects; if proposals from Galway City Council are under consideration; if so, when a decision will be made in respect of the proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8041/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

On foot of a first call for proposals under the Serviced Sites Fund (SSF), which issued to the 4 Dublin Councils, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow, Louth and Cork County Councils, and Cork and Galway City Councils, I announced approval in principle for ten projects, with a total estimated cost €43 million, in December 2018. These ten projects will support the delivery of 1,400 affordable homes.  I expect infrastructure works on these projects to begin as soon as possible and delivery of affordable homes from early 2020 onwards.

While the ten projects did not include projects in Galway, five other projects submitted under the first call for proposals are still under active consideration, one of which is for Galway City Council’s lands at Bóthar an Choiste, Castlegar. My Department is working with Galway City Council to progress this project.

A second call for proposals will issue shortly, which will provide an opportunity to Galway City Council to submit further proposals for funding under the SSF, as appropriate.