Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (210)

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

339 Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the fact that An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission to Dún Laoghaire VEC for a new senior college building at Blackrock Town Hall, County Dublin; if following the grant of planning permission he will now grant the necessary approvals to allow this project to proceed to the next stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3011/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Education and Science)

My Department is aware of the recent decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission for the project in question subject to certain conditions. This project is at an early stage of architectural planning. It has been assigned a band 2 rating by my Department in accordance with the published criteria for prioritising large-scale projects.

The budget announcement regarding multi-annual capital envelopes will enable me to adopt a multi-annual framework for the school building programme which in turn will give greater clarity regarding projects that are not progressing in this year's programme. I will make a further announcement in that regard during the year.