Housing; Local Government and Heritage | Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund in Co. Kildare
To ask the Minister for Housing; Local Government and Heritage the extent to which the necessary funding is being provided through LIHAF or otherwise in respect of infrastructural projects such as the alleviation of traffic or other issues for Celbridge, County Kildare; the full extent of the total amount of funding awarded; when the award was made; the progress to date in achieving the targets identified; the administrative or other work already completed or still awaiting completion; when it is likely that onsite works will begin given the absolute necessity for such measures as the eastern bypass route and other traffic alleviation matters given the need and urgency as now indicated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) is a scheme which funds the building of public infrastructure by local authorities. Its objective is to provide public off-site infrastructure to relieve critical infrastructure blockages to housing delivery. This enables the accelerated delivery of housing on key development sites in urban areas of high demand. LIHAF was designed to specifically address the issue of housing supply, a crucial factor in terms of moderating house prices. Infrastructure being funded under LIHAF includes access roads, distributor roads, link roads, road improvements, roundabouts, bridges and parks.
In 2017, grant agreements for 30 approved projects were signed between my Department and local authorities. My Department has no funding allocated or project agreement in place with Kildare County Council to facilitate any housing-related road infrastructure in Celbridge. Overall responsibility for roads policy and funding is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Transport.
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