Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Questions (294)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

294. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage further to Parliamentary Question No. 94 of 11 November 2020, the stage the process between Limerick City and County Council and his Department is at; when the approved process will be completed; when the last interaction occurred with Limerick City and County Council; the locations in County Limerick that were identified as the five locations referred to in his response; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39830/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

As detailed in my response to the Deputies Parliamentary Question No 94 of 11 November 2020 the following link provides details of the Serviced Site Fund projects and their locations in Limerick City and County Council which received 'Approval in Principle' in August 2019:

https://rebuildingireland.ie/news/minister-murphy-approves-funding-of-e84m-to-support-delivery-of-1770-affordable-homes-under-the-ssf/

Following receipt of this approval in principle for the outline project proposals, local authorities then begin to progress through their detailed design, consultation, planning and procurement phases. When local authorities are in a position to confirm to my Department more definitive project details and costs, a formal grant agreement is put in place detailing the grant amount and the deliverables. This process allows us to accommodate a change in costs or project specification which invariably occurs as projects move from initial concept to delivery. For example, this often includes an increase in the number of affordable homes that will be provided which then allows the local authority secure a funding increase over and above that originally approved at the projects initiation.

As confirmed previously, officials from my Department engage regularly with officials from Limerick City and County Council regarding the progression of its projects and would have had a number of engagements with Council officials in the last two months.