An application under my Department's Capital Assistance Scheme was received for the acquisition and adaptation of the property in question, in June 2017. Funding approval was issued in July 2017, for an overall budget to cover the acquisition and adaptation. This budget approval was less than the combined amount sought, but given the exceptionally high costs of the proposed project, the local authority and AHB involved were advised to strive for a better value-for-money proposal for the combined acquisition and adaptation costs.
The AHB involved proceeded to acquire the property and subsequently in 2018, presented an increased budget for the project, greater than that originally sought and considerably in excess of that issued by my Department in July 2017.
My Department has sought further clarifications from the local authority and the AHB on their proposals to complete this project as soon as possible, given the budget approval that issued to them in July 2017, and their replies are awaited.