Council goes to court to get holiday homes demolished
The Co. Council is now seeking a court date in the autumn for the prosecution its bringing against a building firm that has failed to comply with an order to demolish work completed on 52 holiday homes in view of the Rock of Cashel.
Liam Campion Construction of Borris-on-Ossory, Co. Laois is to be prosecuted in the district court for breaching the Planning & Development Acts of 2000 to 2006 for not fully complying with the enforcement order South Tipperary Co. Council issued in May.
The enforcement order was issued because according to the Council the developer contravened the conditions of the planning permission granted to the 52 houses at the prominent elevated site at Ballypaudeen, Cashel.
Substantial work has been completed on the holiday homes, which are part of a multi-million euro 120-bedroom hotel, conference and leisure centre planned for the site where the Cashel Kings Hotel and Tipperary Inn were formerly based.
A Co. Council spokesperson said Liam Campion Construction partially complied with the enforcement notice by stopping work on the site but nearly two months after the passing of the deadline for compliance, the company still had not moved to demolish the completed work on the holiday homes.
She confirmed there had been contact between the Council's Planning Department and the contractor but the local authority had received no commitment as to when the company was going to comply fully with the enforcement notice.
The matter had now been referred to the Council's solicitors, who were now seeking a date in the district court for the hearing of the prosecution.
The spokesperson said the Council expected to be able to bring the case to court in September or October.
16 August 2007
Council putting 250 jobs at risk, says developer
A row over the threatened demolition of 52 holiday homes overlooking the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary escalated yesterday when the builder accused the county council of a "blunder" which is putting 250 jobs at risk.
Liam Campion, director of Campion Concrete Products Ltd, said a "grave error" by the planning authorities was jeopardising a â‚¬75 million project and had cost him millions of euro in tax breaks.
However, the county council, through its solicitor, vehemently denied his allegations.
The company had secured planning permission to build a 120-bedroom hotel and 52 holiday cottages at Ballypadeen outside Cashel. Mr Campion claims that some slight changes to the plans were agreed at a meeting with council officials last year which "were accepted as minor alterations and amendments, not requiring a fresh planning application".
Construction commenced at the site and the 52 houses were built when planning inspectors decided that "the works had not been carried out in compliance with planning permission".
In May, the council issued an enforcement order demanding that the company cease all development at the site, remove the 52 houses, and restore the land to its condition prior to the commencement of the development.
Mr Campion did not comply with the order and declined to comment to the media at the time. The council then commenced legal proceedings which are expected to come before the courts later this year.
Mr Campion broke his silence yesterday and said he is "dismayed and incensed over the local authority's decision to try to force through the demolition of the houses".
He said the development was being built in accordance with plans submitted and approved at a meeting with the planning department in July 2006.
"It is clear that an error has been made by South Tipperary County Council, and instead of admitting to this, they want to demolish the houses and restore the location to a greenfield site, which will bring an end to the entire project and deny a major economic boost for Cashel. "
According to Mr Campion, the project has the "capacity to create 150-plus direct jobs and 100 or more indirectly."
Fred Binchy, a solicitor in Clonmel, whose firm acts for the council, said: "The county council planning office and its officers emphatically dispute any allegations or complaints made by the developer of any improper or unfair actions by it . . . with respect to this development".
The 52 houses have been built on an elevated, 15-acre site where the Cashel Kings Hotel once stood and are visible to motorists on the N8 Dublin to Cork road.
Mr Campion had planning permission to build an international trade centre, an international arbitration centre, a 120-room aparthotel, 52 cottages and a car park. The hotel, trade and arbitration centres have not been built.
From ireland.com Friday, 7th September, 2007
This is turning into a right mess......... seems the council are standing firm on this, good on them, but i cant really see these units ever being demolished.....