Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
609. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the details of the marks awarded under the urban regeneration and development fund assessment process to an organisation (details supplied) in its application in 2020-2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2427/22]
To date there have been two calls for proposals under the Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF), the first in July 2018 and the second in January 2020. Galway City Council submitted five applications under Call 2 of the URDF, three of which were successful, attracting a combined total €53,239,000 in URDF support. This Call 2 URDF funding is in addition to €6,311,500 already approved for five projects under Call 1 bringing total URDF support for projects in Galway City Council area to €59,550,500over both URDF calls.
All applications for URDF support were assessed in terms of their alignment with the intended purpose of the URDF call and also their viability before being considered for approval.
Galway City Council’s proposal in respect of the Newcastle Community Centre was one of thirty unsuccessful proposals which did not adequately meet the criteria for URDF support under Call 2.
A copy of the detailed assessment of this proposal has been provided to Galway City Council and a feedback meeting on the matter has taken place between officials of the Council and officials of my Department.
Any plan for the further advancement of this proposal is a matter for Galway City Council.