Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1360, 1361)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

1360. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when a decision will be made on a stage 3 application for voluntary housing submitted by Galway County Council for a voluntary housing group (details supplied) on 20 November 2018; the reason for the delay in approving this application at stage 3; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12840/19]

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Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

1361. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when a decision will be made on a CAS 2 application submitted on15 February 2019 by Galway County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12841/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1360 and 1361 together.

I note the two projects referred to by the Deputy.

The CAS 2 application referred to by the Deputy was submitted to my Department on 15 February 2019 and was incomplete. Information that had been requested at a prior stage had been omitted and the information in question is required in order for my Department to assess the project. My Department is currently liaising with Galway County Council in this regard.

In relation to the further project referred to by the Deputy, I can confirm, after intensive engagement by my Department with the local authority, stage 3 (pre-tender) approval issued from my Department on 8 March 2019.

My Department is committed to accelerating the delivery of social housing and will continue to work with all local authorities in this regard, particularly to ensure that stage approvals by my Department are acted on expeditiously by local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies.