Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (120)

Imelda Munster

Question:

120. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if funding for the port access northern cross route will be released under the next tranche of LIHAF funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38271/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

As an initiative of the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) is primarily designed to fund the provision of public off-site infrastructure to relieve critical infrastructure blockages and enable housing developments to be built on key sites at scale.

In 2018, 30 projects received final LIHAF approval and the available funding is now fully committed. Louth County Council had 2 projects approved under LIHAF, Mount Avenue Dundalk and Newtown Drogheda.

Louth County Council has however submitted an application for funding support for the Northern Cross Route under Call 2 of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund.

This is one of seventy-six complex proposals received under Call 2, with every local authority submitting at least one proposal for URDF support, and each of which will require detailed assessment.

This assessment process is in train at present. Before the end of the year I intend to announce a new tranche of approved proposals, which will augment the existing pipeline of projects from Call 1 and contribute to the achievement of Programme for Government commitments and the objectives of the National Planning Framework and Project Ireland 2040.