Thursday, 27 May 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
159. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 243 of 20 May 2021, when he expects to receive the remaining returns from local authorities impacted by the short-term letting regulation. [28950/21]
My Department continues to pursue the outstanding returns from local authorities regarding the implementation and enforcement of short-term letting regulation. To date, 16 of the 22 relevant local authorities have responded, with the remainder expected in the coming days.
160. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when he will meet with the Dublin City Council councillors regarding the report into the Oscar Traynor Road site; the reason he has not responded to any of the five letters sent to him by councillors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28963/21]
My office has received five emails from the office of the Lord Mayor in relation to Report No. 70/2020 - Housing Strategic Policy Committee Report on the Development of Lands at Oscar Traynor Roadincluding one acknowledgement of receipt of my office’s reply.
The initial correspondence from the office of the Lord Mayor requesting a meeting was received on 29 January 2021. A reply was sent on 2 February 2021 stating that until the above proposal had been considered, as Minister, I was not in a position to grant the meeting requested.
Further meeting requests were received from the office of the Lord Mayor on 3 February 2021 and 23 March 2021. These requests were acknowledged by my office on 24 March 2021. A further request for a meeting was received and acknowledged on 19 May 2021.
Dublin City Council’s (DCC) Housing Department’s Director of Service sent the Report No. 70/2020 - Housing Strategic Policy Committee Report on the Development of Lands at Oscar Traynor Roadto my Department’s officials for their review and response in due course.
My Department has responded to DCC’s Housing Department acknowledging receipt of the Councillors’ report and requesting that in compliance with the Public Spending Code that DCC provide a Strategic Assessment Report (SAR) to include options based on the new proposed tenure mix. As this project will require in excess of €100m in public spending this SAR will need to be reviewed by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s National Investment Office in order to progress Gate 0 Approval to Develop Proposal in line with the Public Spending Code.
Officials in my Department maintain regular engagement with DCC in relation to the Oscar Traynor Road site.