Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (416)

Fergus O'Dowd


416. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when the letter of offer will be sent to Louth County Council on the Westgate vision plan which has been supported through the urban regeneration and development fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50845/19]

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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.

Louth County Council was approved URDF support of €476,000 in respect of preliminary costs, including technical assistance, for the design and planning associated with the ‘Westgate Vision’ for Drogheda.  A letter confirming approval in principle issued to Louth County Council on the 18 June 2019.

The advancement and completion of this Category B project is, in the first instance, a matter for Louth 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.