defective concrete block scheme

  • There should be no planning obstacles put before applicants seeking grants to rebuild homes destroyed by pyrite. That’s the view of Erris based Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle. The councillor has been highlighting problems with the new grant scheme, the Defective Concrete block grant scheme now available to address the problem.

    He says it’s wrong that a home owner with their house crumbling down around them for years, because of pyrite in the building blocks, is now forced to seek planning permission to rebuild their home.

    He believes a Part 8 Planning should be available to these applicants, as it would be much simpler and more cost efficient.

    The cost of securing planning permission to rebuild the same house is excessive, he argues, for already hard pressed mortgage holders. There are many houses in the Erris area impacted by pyrite.

    While a 90 percent grant for works undertaken will be covered by the Defective Concrete Block grant to successful applicants, nonetheless, the home owners, the councillor says are still faced with upfront costs and in addition a 10 percent balance that could be 20,000 euro or more.

  • Details of a remedial grant scheme for people whose home has been affected by pyrite has been released.

    The counties worst affected by Pyrite are Mayo and Donegal with North Mayo in particular strongly impacted.

    There are 350 home owners in Mayo in total affected by pyrite.

    The scheme is designed to allow people to rebuild their homes.

    There are a number of options available, but demolish and rebuild is expected to be primarily used in Mayo.

    The maximum grant available under the defective concrete blocks scheme is €275,000, or 90% of the cost of the works.

    The grant applies to a principal place of residence.

    Among the costs it doesn't cover is alternative accommodation if a home owner has to leave their house during remedial works.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Castlebar Cathaoirleach Michael Kilcoyne says the grant will be known as the defective concrete block scheme.