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November 27, 2007 at 8:44 pm #709702bricktopParticipant
A neighbor of mine has started construction of a two-storey extension to the rear of his house without planning permission. The size of the extension also exceeds the terms of exempted development (to my understanding).
He is building this extension at a terrific rate, as his builders have completed the wall structure within two weeks.
To be honest, I dislike this person as he is involved in illegal activities (in general) and I don’t see why he should get away with flouting planning permission laws.
I was considering sending a letter to my local council (SDCC) to inform them of this unauthorised development but I believe these letters cannot be anonymous as I would prefer to remain.
He has a history of building first and subsequently looking for retention. I want to inform the council while construction is on-going and retention is a moot point.
My question is:
How confidential are SDCC with such letters? Am I likely to see my letter subsequently posted on http://www.sdcc.ie:)
What would SDCC be likely do in this situation?
Good night and good luck.
November 27, 2007 at 9:08 pm #795925AnonymousInactive
Letters to Enforcement are SUPPOSED to be confidential . I have had experience of LA’s keeping a tight lip …. and others not . You could maybe discreetly take a pic and email your LA under an alias “yahoo” address
November 27, 2007 at 9:49 pm #795926AnonymousInactive
from my experience, anonymous objections nearly always are found out… either from LAs letting it slip, someone having an inside track into the LA…
this website has a great explanation of planning complaints… unfortunately sinnerboys way wont work.
as seen from this that the complaint may be accessible under the freedom of information act.
your complaint will be followed by an on-site investigation by the LA, Subsequently, if the development is deemed to be unauthorised, an warning letter will be sent out to the ‘non-compliant party’ requesting him to cease work and solve the problem.
if this guy is involved in illegal activity and you fear repercussions, then i feel for you but i dont have any advise.
November 27, 2007 at 10:30 pm #795927AnonymousInactive
Bricktop , henno , an aliased email together with a phone call to enforcement MIGHT work . You may be lucky to speak to more than a simple “jobsworth” who MIGHT act on an anonymous “tip off” .
November 28, 2007 at 9:25 am #795928AnonymousInactive
perhaps that might be the way to go initially, and see if any action takes place. The anonymous phone call might be very enlightening as to what actions the council would take.
November 29, 2007 at 5:05 pm #795929AnonymousInactive
Am I the only one that thinks the PA’s refusal to act unless someone writes in formally is unacceptable. Unauthorised development is a criminal act. Can you imagine if the Gardai were tipped off by phonecall about a crime as it was happening but did nothing because they wanted that person to write in – it’s a joke.
November 29, 2007 at 7:15 pm #795930AnonymousInactive
I completely agree Barry, however it an endemic problem due to lack of resources. Its happening in almost every aspect of civil service that i can see. It is unacceptable… but in an era where local authorities have to go to poland to interview prospective engineers, its not surprising.
November 29, 2007 at 10:34 pm #795931AnonymousInactive
Thanks for the replies, I’ll try pestering the LA anonymously and see how far I get. I also know a guy in a different department and maybe he could have a work in the right ear.
November 30, 2007 at 10:22 am #795932AnonymousInactive
Hi bricktop, if the local authority do not except an anonymous ‘tip off’, just type up a letter under a false name and give a false address. I would be careful about sending any photographs as the position they are taken from is easily worked out, i.e, from your back garden!
November 30, 2007 at 11:31 am #795933AnonymousInactive
Not all planning authorities are the same: Dublin City Council will accept e-mail (and therefore presumably phone) contact re enforcement. The only condition is that the complainant’s postal address is included in the correspondence so that confirmation of receipt can be formally made by letter.
I imagine this is why some local authorities refuse to accept complaints by such means; perhaps they clunkily assume a postal confirmation must be proceeded by a postal complaint?
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