Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (990)

Eamon Ryan

Question:

990. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the redress available to residents in instances in which a developer has gone out of business and the management company is not in operation in a private estate such as the case of an estate (details supplied). [24087/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Findings and recommendations from the National Taking in Charge Initiative (NTICI) were included in a report on the initiative that was published by my Department in December 2018. The report is available on my Department's website at the following link:

www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/publications/files/national_taking_in_charge_initiative_report_dec2018.pdf.

The publication of the NTICI report is of value to local authorities and other stakeholders in applying the lessons from the pilot authorities, in a more general roll-out of a streamlined approach to taking-in-charge, including through coordination with capital works by Irish Water. In this regard, my Department is liaising with Irish Water in relation to the report.

Ultimately, progression of individual developments through the taking-in-charge process is a matter for the relevant housing developer, the residents in each such development and the relevant local authority, following the procedures laid out in section 180 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).

Local authorities have powers (in their capacity both as a planning authority and as a water services authority) under the various planning and local government water pollution legislation to use, as considered appropriate by the authority, for issues such as raised in the question. It is a matter for the local authority to decide on the most appropriate course of action based on the particular circumstances involved.

The National Development Plan, published last year, includes provision of €31 million for the period 2018-2021 for developer-provided infrastructure, commencing with an estimates provision of €6 million in 2019. 

The multi-annual programme will be initiated through the invitation of project bids from local authorities followed by their evaluation by an Expert Panel, set up by my Department, to independently evaluate the bid projects to be approved for funding.  It is expected that the invitation of project bids from local authorities will issue shortly, with approval of projects for this first cycle multi-annual programme to take place once proposals submitted have been assessed.