Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (42)

Joe McHugh


42. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the status of the urban regional development fund for Letterkenny, County Donegal. [38369/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Under Call 1 of the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, Donegal County Council was allocated €1,942,536 in respect of the development of a Regeneration Strategy, strategic site acquisition and public realm works relating to the advancement of ‘Letterkenny 2040’, a long-term integrated strategic project intended to regenerate and rejuvenate the urban core of Letterkenny.

The advancement of the URDF supported project is, in the first instance, a matter for Donegal County Council, and I understand that the Council has recently reported good progress.

Under Call 2 of the URDF, which was launched earlier this year, Donegal County Council submitted a proposal seeking further URDF support for Letterkenny.

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.

Questions Nos. 43 to 49, inclusive, answered orally.