Dáil Éireann - Volume 672 - 28 January, 2009
Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.
Deputy Billy Timmins Deputy Billy Timmins
Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the situation with respect to an application for funds in respect of the construction of a house by Wicklow County Council (details supplied); when this application was received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2668/09]
Deputy Michael Finneran Deputy Michael Finneran
Deputy Michael Finneran: An application to construct a house at Parkmore, Baltinglass was received in my Department from Wicklow County Council on 11 December, 2006. My Department’s housing inspectorate examined the proposal and was of the opinion that it would offer better value for money and better use of the available land if the Council were to build a number of houses on the land rather than a single house.
The Council was asked in February, 2007 to reconsider the proposal along these lines and to resubmit to the Department in due course. No further proposal in relation to the construction of the house was received. Following the issue of Circular N7/07 in April, 2007, the construction of a single housing unit or of small projects with a capital value of less than €500,000 may be carried out by housing authorities without prior approval of the Department subject to compliance with conditions as set out in the circular and providing funds are available within the housing allocation provided to the authority under the Social Housing Investment Programme.
Dáil Éireann 672 Written Answers. Local Authority Housing.