Site owner fined €2,500 for fail­ing to com­ply with plan­ning or­ders

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

THE reg­is­tered owner of a site at Brownswood, En­nis­cor­thy, was taken be­fore the courts last week for fail­ure to com­ply with or­ders is­sued by Wex­ford County Coun­cil’s plan­ning depart­ment.

Anne Marie O’Donoghue, ad­dress listed as same, was not present in court when the case was called, but solic­i­tor He­len Mur­phy said that Wex­ford County Coun­cil were ready to move ahead with the case in her ab­sence.

The court heard that the prob­lems sur­rounded the pres­ence of car­a­vans, a mo­bile home, a large steel con­tainer and a large wooden fence, to the rear of a small, semi-derelict cot­tage. Ev­i­dence was heard from three County Coun­cil of­fi­cials that inspections had been car­ried out and en­force­ment no­tices is­sued in re­la­tion to the mat­ter, but to no avail.

The court heard that plan­ning per­mis­sion had been granted to the pre­vi­ous owner of the site, Mr Chris Moore­house, for the de­mo­li­tion of the house and to build a re­place­ment house be­hind it.

It was also in­cluded in this plan­ning per­mis­sion that Mr Moore­house was al­lowed to place a mo­bile home on site for a du­ra­tion of two years while works were on­go­ing. This, plan­ning per­mis­sion, Judge Haughton heard, had long since lapsed.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in re­la­tion to the site had sub­se­quently been re­fused by Wex­ford County Coun­cil and up­held by An Bord Pleanála. Plan­ning en­force­ment in­spec­tor David Done­gan, gave ev­i­dence that he had ob­served a ‘num­ber of car­a­vans’ on the site at the back of the cot­tage, as well as a ‘chalet type mo­bile home’ and a large metal con­tainer.

Upon hear­ing all the ev­i­dence, and in the ab­sence of Anne Marie O’Donoghue, Judge Ger­ard Haughton opted to hand down a fine of €2,500 plus costs of €550 and ex­penses of €815.41.

He also made an or­der for com­pli­ance with the coun­cil’s plan­ning reg­u­la­tions within one month.

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