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20 Families at risk of homelessness as developer breaches planning & building regulations – Ó Broin

12 March, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on a developer, which is in breach of multiple planning and building regulations at an apartment complex in Liffey Valley, to remedy the breaches as a matter of urgency to ensure that the families living there aren’t at risk of homelessness.

The Dublin Mid-West TD said: 

“Residents in apartments in Liffey Valley have had their Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) halted due to fears over a breach of planning regulations on the development on Coldcut Road at the former Liffey Valley Fitness Centre. 

“The breach of both planning and building regulations at the site is staggering. It has emerged that there could be 13 extra apartments on the development, when planning was only granted for 27. The developer has appealed this planning decision to An Bord Pleanála.

“While the planning issue is now in the hands of An Bord Pleanála, more worryingly the developer broke the law by not complying with building regulations, which ensure the safety and quality of a development. 

“He didn’t bother to submit commencement, completion, disability or fire safety certificates. It is illegal for a property to be occupied without a completion certificate.

“While there is absolutely no excuse for the reprehensible behaviour of the developer, I am urging South Dublin County Council to provide HAP payments on an interim measure until a planning decision comes back.

“We cannot risk these vulnerable families losing their new homes and becoming homeless. 

“For his part, the developer must act now to comply with building standards and seek verification and certification that these apartments meet the required standards.” 

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