A CIRCUIT COURT has ordered that a developer finish a Wicklow estate and pay outstanding levies.
Wicklow County Council said today that it has succeeded in court proceedings to secure an agreement with the developer, Charles O’Neill, to complete Brook Meadow Estate in Avoca and pay outstanding development levies.
The Council went to court on Thursday requesting an order requiring O’Neill to satisfactorily complete the development and the discharge of all outstanding development contributions relating to the estate.
The council said that “substantial progress” had been made in completing outstanding works at Brook Meadow in the weeks leading up to the court date.
These recent works and surveys carried out by the developer had enabled an accurate estimate to be made of the cost of all remaining works.
The council used its powers under the Planning Acts to refuse to refund bonds on three other developments recently completed by the same developer.
As developer, O’Neill will be required to complete all outstanding works within three months. The council said that as sufficient monies now are available from the developer’s bonds and are no longer required to cover these works, they can be used to cover outstanding development contributions owed to them.
A spokesman for Wicklow County Council said:
We are delighted that this long process in getting this development to comply with the terms of the planning permissions is drawing to a close, and that there is an agreement in place endorsed by the Circuit Court.
He added that it is always Wicklow County Council’s policy to pursue developers, “and not to leave house owners with estates that are not fully up to standard, or with debts arising from non-payment of development contributions”.
We will continue to pursue all outstanding housing developments that have not complied with their planning permissions or where works are not completed to an acceptable standard