Wednesday, September 21, 2022

A local councillor has welcomed today’s government announcement of a fund for local authorities to develop serviced sites in towns across Mayo.

It is hoped that this fund will help to provide sites for people who wish to build a house, at affordable prices.

Killala-based Fine Gael Cllr Jarlath Munnelly says that this builds on objectives in the recently adopted Mayo County Development plan, which were proposed by the Fine Gael group, prioritising Mayo County Council to act on this area.

“Today’s announcement is great news for people who are trying to build a home in Mayo. I am well aware how difficult it is for people to either buy a site, or secure planning permission on sites in the county,” Cllr Munnelly said.

It will secure funding so that Mayo County Council can provide affordable sites for sale to people in towns across the county.

“What will happen is that the council will put in the services (roads, lighting, water, sewerage, broadband) and then sell sites to qualifying people, who can then build a house to their own design.

“The sale price on these sites will be capped to ensure that they are not excessively expensive. This is an idea that was raised by Fine Gael during the development plan process in Mayo, and I am glad that it is being acted on by government now,” he continued.

Cllr Munnelly claims that the result will be more opportunities for people looking to own a home.

“This is another piece that will in our current housing crisis – not everyone, but it will be of benefit to some. On top of the recently announced government Croí Cónaithe scheme – where there are also grants available to bring back vacant and derelict houses, provided they are going to be a family home, today’s development is welcome.”

He concluded by asking that Mayo County Council act on this without delay.

“I raised this at a meeting in Ballina – the council staff need to get moving on this opportunity for Mayo right away. There is no time to lose.”

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