Rural Action Plan Highlights:
- Approx 20,000€ grant to fund renovations in homes bought by First Time Buyers in rural towns and villages; pilot to be rolled out to see the level of interest, timeline Q3 2017. Full details and amounts have yet to be released.
- Fibre to Home broadband to connect all rural areas to high speed broadband; the initiative is already out to tender.
- Peat and turf pilot scheme: new plan to curb the use of solid fuel as primary heat source in rural homes; details have yet to be released.
- A voluntary homeowners relocation scheme for those affected by flooding; details have yet to be released.
Cash grants for refurbishing old buildings in rural communities have been given the green light in the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development, Realising our Rural Potential, unveiled on Monday January 23rd.
The scheme is aimed at luring residents back into rural communities damaged by unemployment during the recession.
The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs told SelfBuild their aim was to launch this scheme on a pilot basis in the second half of this year. A Q3 date is recorded in the published Action Plan.
Collaboration with various government Departments will be necessary to finalise the details. The DAHRRGA said the scheme was intended to “encourage people to take up residential occupancy in rural towns and villages”.
People buying houses in designated rural towns would be given cash grants to renovate their new homes. This would be in addition to the tax relief available under the Help to Buy scheme.
A fibre-to-the home broadband initiative is also being rolled out to provide high speed broadband to remote rural areas.
Another pilot scheme will target people living in rural Ireland who are dependent on solid fuels as their primary source of heat. Announcing this pilot, Minister for Energy Denis Naughten said: “I accept that the use of peat and turf can at times be a contentious subject. But, through this pilot I am confident it will provide tangible evidence that managing our peat lands will lead to warmer homes, to reduced bills, to job creation and to a sustainable future for rural Ireland.”
For more information see ruralireland.ie
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