Thursday, 28 September 2017
Department of Rural and Community Development
253. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development further to Parliamentary Question No. 452 of 13 July 2017, the position regarding the introduction of a renovation scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41035/17]
The Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development contains a number of measures which have the objective of rejuvenating Ireland’s rural towns and villages to make them more attractive places in which to live and work, and to increase their tourism potential.
An enhanced Town and Village Renewal Scheme was launched on 13 April last, with a focus on improving the economic development of our rural towns and villages. It is envisaged that this scheme will support up to 300 towns and villages over the next 12 months.
My officials have separately been examining the potential for developing a pilot scheme to encourage residential occupancy in rural towns and villages. The pilot will consider ways in which properties that are currently not in use in town and village centres can be renovated to allow them to be used for residential purposes. This will further help to rejuvenate town centres while also contributing to the housing needs of individuals.
The initiative is being developed in consultation with relevant Departments and details of the scheme will be announced when they are finalised.