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Council must act against rogue developers

5 March, 2004

Sinn Fein County Councillor Gerry Murray has called on planning section of Mayo County Council to take a tougher stance in relation to the activities of rogue developers. There are cases in the county of where there has been a total disregard for planning regulations and conditions. Some of these cases have been on the books of Mayo County Council with years and it is practically impossible to obtain enforcement action against the developers concerned.

Cllr Murray said; "While the Council might prefer to resolve these issues via negotiation it is obvious that some of these developers will only respond to tough legal action. Many of the residents in the Estates concerned have lost all faith in local Government due to its failure to take decisive action in relation to serious breaches of the Planning law."

"The Planning and Development Act of 2000 bestows huge powers on County Councils in relation to non compliant developers, these powers are wide ranging and can be used to veto all future proposed planning applications by non compliant developers. In other words planning permission should not be granted to Developers who have failed to comply with planning conditions in their other developments."

"I have called for more resources to be allocated to the Enforcement Section of Mayo County Council in relation to this issue. Its time we had swift and decisive action in relation to rogue developers whose attitude to Local Government is bordering on the contempt. In the meantime the people who have bought into these developments are totally disillusioned and dismayed with the lack of action by the planning authority". One particular case is ongoing with the last six years and still no sign of a resolution. The full rigours of the Planning Act must be applied to these non compliant developers."ENDS

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