Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Ceisteanna (1191, 1249, 1250)

Peter Burke

Ceist:

1191. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will address matters regarding a project (details supplied); the details of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8737/20]

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Sorca Clarke

Ceist:

1249. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the assessments that have been carried out on the site of Columb Barracks, Mullingar, County Westmeath, to ascertain its suitability for future mixed development incorporating the community groups operating from the site. [9534/20]

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Sorca Clarke

Ceist:

1250. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the audit of viability that has been carried out on the site of Columb Barracks, Mullingar, County Westmeath, regarding future housing development; and if a site map of the housing development including potential vehicular access points will be provided. [9535/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1191, 1249 and 1250 together.

On establishment of the Land Development Agency (LDA), the Agency was tasked with the development of an initial tranche of 8 sites, including the Columb Barracks site in Mullingar.

On the basis of information provided by the LDA to my Department, I can indicate that a design team has been appointed for a site which includes the former Columb Barracks and adjoining playing pitches. The design team are currently advancing a development framework and outline design for the site that can deliver approximately 200 units of which approximately 100 units can be delivered as part of phase one of the project. To facilitate this initial outline design process the LDA will be carrying out a survey of the site, its protected structures and existing buildings.

As the project is at the outline design stage, it is not currently possible to provide a map of the development and access points. Once preliminary design is advanced, the LDA will commence the consultation process with Westmeath County Council - including the elected members - and other key stakeholders including the local community and community groups currently based on site. The LDA are fully committed to maintaining open lines of communication with all stakeholders throughout the life cycle of the development. Any planning applications that are made pursuant to these engagements will be consistent with the development plans, local area plans and national planning policy.

As with all State bodies operating under the aegis of my Department, arrangements have been put in place by the LDA through which Oireachtas members can request information directly from the Agency in relation to operational matters - in this regard, the LDA may be contacted directly at oireachtas@lda.ie.