Written answers

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Regeneration Projects

Photo of Alan DillonAlan Dillon (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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307. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of a project (details supplied) in County Mayo; the progress since being announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62485/21]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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The Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) was launched in 2018 to support more compact and sustainable development. The Fund is providing part-funding for projects that will enable a greater proportion of residential and mixed-use development to be delivered within the existing built-up footprints of our cities and large towns, while also ensuring that more parts of our urban areas can become attractive and vibrant places in which people choose to live and work, as well as to invest and to visit. Through the URDF, successful applicants are receiving targeted integrated support for innovative holistic solutions to the issues that have hindered the regeneration and rejuvenation of our large towns and cities.

With regard to the approved proposals in question, in March this year I announced provisional funding of €11,027,500 for Mayo County Council for their successful Call 2 projects - Castlebar Historic Core Reactivation Initiative Project (€8,527,500) and Castlebar Military Barracks Project (€2,500,000).

This is in addition to the €141,391 allocated to Mayo County Council under Call 1 for the now completed project master planning and design works required for the multi-phase for the Castlebar Military Barracks project.

While my Department works closely and communicates regularly with Mayo County Council in respect of project funding, responsibility for the advancement of these URDF supported projects through the various stages of planning, development and completion is, in the first instance, a matter for the Sponsoring Agency, Mayo County Council.

In this regard, it should be noted that all URDF supported projects must be carefully developed and managed by the Sponsoring Agency in accordance with the normal conditions and arrangements that apply to public sector managed projects including, exercising appropriate cost control and delivering projects as approved, and in full compliance with the Public Spending Code.


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