Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (663)

John Curran

Ceist:

663. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of applications for funding received by local authorities under the single step approval scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8239/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

There are currently 19 local authority social housing construction projects that have been or are being advanced through the single-stage approval process, 3 of which have now been completed. This process, presently, covers projects with an all-in budget up to €2 million and up to 15 homes. The details referred to by the Deputy in the context of a single stage approval process are currently being examined in the context of a review of the Public Spending Code.

It should be noted that most of the time spent by local authorities in advancing a new social housing construction project arises from activities such as design, planning, procurement and engagement with contractors. These elements apply equally to projects whether advanced under the single or the four-stage approval processes.