Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Council Must Get Serious with Unauthorised Developments along the N2

Following an update of the unauthorised developments along the N2 to the Dunshaughlin Area Council, Cllr. Regina Doherty had commented that it is time for Meath County Council get serious with anybody in breach of the Planning and Developemnt Act, 2000.

There are a large number of unauthorised developments operating all along the N2 some of which have been there for 7 years or more.  Whilst I appreciate that there is a legal process to be followed there are some developments where we have not even managed to serve a notice on yet even though they are there for more than 3 years.

This sends out completely the wrong message to all the law abiding people who apply for planning in the correct manner, some of which find it extremely difficult to secure planning even on their own land.

It was was also mentioned at yesterdays meeting the Meath County Counicl are actually collecting Commercial Rates from some of these developments.  I am putting down a Notice of Question to the Manager for Junes Council Meeting to seek clarification on this matter.  It would beggar belief that we would be collecting rates from unauthorised developments thus giving them validity whilst pursuing then through the courts.

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