Council warn that illegal Rathkeale house may be demolished

Gerard Fitzgibbon

Reporter:

Gerard Fitzgibbon

LIMERICK County Council has warned that it may seek to demolish a Rathkeale house which is in serious breach of planning permission and is “completely unauthorised”.

LIMERICK County Council has warned that it may seek to demolish a Rathkeale house which is in serious breach of planning permission and is “completely unauthorised”.

The local authority brought legal proceedings against Dan Delaney, of Bank Place, Rathkeale over the two-storey house at Number 1, Baker’s Place, after he lost an An Bord Pleanala ruling earlier this year.

The house, a court heard this week, has been built almost 50 per cent bigger than its planning permission allowed. Mr Delaney, who did not appear in court and is believed to be out of the country, was also prosecuted over a 1.8 metre high gate which he illegally built on to an adjoining property.

Speaking in court, planning enforcement officer Padraig Fogarty said that Mr Delaney was granted permission to build a house approximately 160 square metres big at Baker’s Place, but instead built one 236 sqm in size.

As a result there is no garden, “just two metres of space to the rear”, Mr Fogarty said. The house is currently incomplete and unoccupied.

Solicitor Will Leahy, prosecuting on behalf of the county council, said that “The building, as constructed, is completely unauthorised”.

Mr Leahy added that while the court can only issue fines against Mr Delaney for breach of planning at the moment, “ordering that the house is taken down is the next step the council has to take”.

* A full version of this story was published in the print edition of the Limerick Leader, dated November 12, 2011