Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Water Services Infrastructure
1208. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when the expert panel which will evaluate bids from local authorities under the multi-annual developer provided water services infrastructure resolution programme 2019-21 will be finalised; the timeframe for its work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3016/20]
In July 2019 my Department launched the multi-annual Developer Provided Water Services Infrastructure Resolution Programme 2019-2021. Bids were sought from local authorities for funding under the programme. The closing date was 18 September 2019. A total of number of 19 local authorities with Developer Provided Water Services Infrastructure in estates in their areas made applications under the programme for support.
My Department has completed a preliminary evaluation and clarification process on the bids received from the local authorities. The Expert Panel, which includes Departmental, stakeholder and independent representation in the Chair, has been appointed. The Panel will have its first meeting on 19 March 2020 and further meetings as necessary will follow.
The Expert Panel will make recommendations to me on the suitability of projects for funding under the programme. This will be based on criteria set out in the Framework document issued to local authorities when requesting proposals. The Panel will report to my Department when their examination of the bids is concluded. I expect to be in a position to make an announcement on approvals and allocations once that process is concluded and has been considered in Q2 2020.