Apartments built without planning permission advertised for rent again

by Mark O'Brien
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The apartments were advertised on last week before being removed

Apartments at Coldcut Road were advertised for rent last week, despite recently being denied planning permission.

The apartments at Larkfield House were built by Cavvies Ltd and have been at the centre of much controversy in recent months.

The developer was given permission to build 27 apartments at the former gym and subsequently applied for permission to build 48 apartments.

This permission was denied by the Council but 45 apartments were built.

In March, An Bord Pleanala upheld the council’s decision to refuse permission for the additional apartments.

Last week, local TD Eoin O Broin shared an image on Twitter showing that the apartments were being advertised for rent at €2,000 per month through Ray Cooke Auctioneers on property website

Following enquiries from Deputy O Broin and, the ad was removed from the site.

A spokesperson for told Dublin Gazette: “As Ireland’s largest property portal we don’t manage the properties that advertisers place on the site directly.”

“Advertisers manage the content of their own ads. We have a list of terms and conditions for advertisers available. All ads have a report ad button and we do operate a notice and takedown policy.”

A number of tenants at the apartment complex had been in receipt of Housing Assistance Payments (HAP), but these were suspended when it emerged that the development did not have proper planning permission.

The council told Dublin Gazette they are pursuing planning enforcement action and have been in contact with the Property Services Regulatory Authority on the continued advertisement of apartments for rent.

The council said it has no tenants currently in the property.

The development also featured on an episode of RTE’s Prime Time last week. Cllr Madeleine Johansson (PBP), who previously raised concerns about improper planning permission at the site was interviewed on the programme.

She told Dublin Gazette that she found it “bizarre” that the apartments could be legally advertised despite not having planning permission.

“I find it incredible really the fact that they continue to advertise them and continue to rent them out,” she said.

“It shows that they have absolutely no respect for the planning laws and regulations whatsoever.

“Surely, anyone with any bit of decency would not do that when they know that they’re breaking the law in regards to the planning.”

At the end of Cllr Johansson’s Prime Time interview, a man was shown approaching her and the RTE staff in an aggressive manner and making threats to them.

The man then drove after the RTE crew before they lost him. The programme stated that there was no evidence that the man was in any way connected to the developers.

Cllr Johansson said that she and the RTE crew had made statements to the gardai in relation to the matter.

Dublin Gazette contacted Cavvies and Ray Cooke Auctioneers for comment but had not received a response at the time of going to print.

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