Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (957)

Robert Troy


957. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the regeneration of the Blackhall area of Mullingar, County Westmeath. [31414/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

In 2018, bids were invited from public bodies for funding support from the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) either under Category A, for projects that were proposed as being ready to be initiated, or under Category B, as projects that required further consideration and development. On 26 November 2018, initial URDF support of €100m was provisionally allocated to a total of 88 projects throughout the country under the first call for proposals.

Westmeath County Council has been approved for URDF support in respect of preliminary costs, including technical assistance, for the development of a masterplan for the comprehensive regeneration and redevelopment of the southwest quadrant of Mullingar’s urban core.

The advancement and completion of this Category B project is, in the first instance, a matter for Westmeath County Council. It will also be a matter for the Council to consider the advancement of subsequent elements of the wider project, and whether additional funding support should be sought for them under a future URDF call for proposals.