Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Public Accounts Committee

Vote 34 - Housing, Planning and Local Government (resumed)

10:40 am

Photo of Colm BurkeColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Okay. I refer to the timeframe from when a local authority identifies a site and makes a submission to the Department for housing. For instance, I am aware of a situation where a local authority secured approval for approximately five housing projects to proceed. When it received tenders for the building of the houses, the tenders were far higher than anticipated, but then there was a further gap of up to six months before the Department finally gave clearance. Have the rules changed on this? There was a six-month delay from getting in the tender submissions, which were at a higher rate, for the Department to make a decision on it. What is the average time from when a local authority identifies a site and gets it to starting the housing project to getting it completed?


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