Apartments for rent despite planning controversy

by Mark O'Brien
Calls have been made for due diligence to be carried out before HAP tenants put in properties such as Larkfield House

CLONDALKIN councillor Madeleine Johansson (PBP) has criticised an apartment complex owner for advertising apartments for rent without planning permission.

The apartments, which are being constructed by Cavvies LTD and rented out through Ray Cooke Auctioneers, are located in the converted Liffey Valley Fitness building on the Coldcut Road.

Cavvies were granted planning permission to build 27 apartments at the site but had applied to increase this to a total of 48.

The council refused to grant permission for the additional apartments last year – a decision that is currently being appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

But Cllr Johansson said when she contacted the auctioneer, she was advised that 50 units were being advertised for rent.

“It is very concerning that apartments which I believe have been constructed without proper planning permission are now being advertised on DAFT.IE for rent,” she said.

“Planning permission was initially granted for the conversion of the building into 27 apartments but I believe that an additional number (up to 50 units) have been constructed despite the fact that planning permission was refused in 2017 by South Dublin County Council and is currently in an appeals process with An Board Pleanala.”

She said that she has written to Ray Cooke requesting that they not proceed with viewings until the planning issues have been clarified.

“I am also concerned that this is another way for a landlord to make easy money out of people who are desperate for housing while disregarding proper procedure,” she said.

“I have written to the council planning department requesting them to inspect this site immediately for planning non-compliance.”

A spokesperson for An Born Pleanala said that the planning appeal is at an advanced stage and is likely to be decided soon.

The spokesperson added: “As to the question about advertising, that is a commercial issue and it is not something that falls within the Board’s remit.

“Any developer who chooses to advertise a development that is not yet permitted does so in the knowledge that the Board could refuse permission or could attach conditions to a grant that could have the effect of altering what was applied for in a material way.”

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