Louth County Council

Concerns voiced over unfinished housing estates in Dundalk

38 estates were on the 'taking in charge' report circulated at the Dundalk Municipal District meeting

Donard McCabe

Reporter:

Donard McCabe

Concerns voiced over unfinished housing estates in Dundalk

Willow Grove is one of the unfinished estates listed on the 'taking in charge' report

Concerns were voiced at the November Dundalk Municipal District meeting over the number of unfinished housing estates in the area that are to be taken under the control of Louth County Council(LCC).

In the ‘taking in charge’ report circulated to council members at the meeting, it was revealed that of the 38 estates on the report, just ten fell into Category A - described by LCC as being “estates satisfactorily completed in accordance with Planning Permission.”

The remaining 28 fall into Category B, described as estates not completed to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority. These are further sub-divided into B-1, B-2 and B-3.

B-1 are estates where the developer/receiver is still in place and shall complete the development. Seven estates in the report fall under this category and include Lis na Dara, Suil na Mara and Coulter Place.

B-2 are estates where the developer/receiver has not completed the development and where the Local Authority may draw on Bonds to complete the work. Four estates on the report fell under this category, including Newton Heights in Knockbridge and Beacon Court in Dundalk.

Category B-3 relates to estates “where no funds available the Local Authority shall consult with IW (Irish Water) and agree best course of (action). 16 estates on the report fell under this category, and include Willow Grove, Mounthamilton, Garrybawn and Clontygora Court.

Those present at the meeting heard that Willow Grove has been on the list for the longest period of time.

Speaking to those present, Director of Services Frank Pentony, said that some of the developers of estates in Dundalk that are unfinished and not up to standard are still operating in the area.

Mr Pentony added that legislation on this issue “is not strong enough.”

A further complication relating to the unfinished estates is that out of the 38 estates, the bond lodged by the developer for 13 of them is unavailable. A further seven have only paper bonds lodged against them.