8 May 2009

Thanks to Richard and everyone else for their info/photos of unfinished housing schemes, abandoned by bankrupt developers after half the houses have been bought by (typically) middle income young couples trying to raise families.

Has anyone any idea how to tackle the problem? Feel free to comment. Maybe we should think about meeting.

Friday, May 08, 2009 8:13:47 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Local authorities must have some legal responsibility in these. Perhaps some knid of test case could be taken.

Also would be interesting to review how much rezoning takes place in areas with large amounts of unfinished housing and extant but un acted upon planning permissions.

I live near Drogheda and permission has been granted for at least 2000 units with not construction started. There is also upwards of 300 Ha of zoned land for which no planning permission has been applied.

At the same time the local authority saw fit to rezone another huge chunk of land to the South East of Drogheda. The local authority has no clue about how to provide public services for any of this land.

There has got to be some kind of breach here.
Friday, May 08, 2009 9:47:10 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
What about the bonds that were to be in place for these developments? In my experience the only time you heard from or saw a planning official once planning was granted was if financial contributions weren't paid. Don't tell me these reserved funds were diverted elsewhere?
Sunday, May 24, 2009 5:28:49 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Full website devoted to these


Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:31:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I agree with all the above.
Has anyone any info regarding any schemes where the Local Authority has actually used the Bond to complete outstanding works?.

I get the impression that this is too much 'hassle' for the Local Authority and they just hope the bonds will expire and it's too late 'we can't do anything'?!

Surely every young family who is in such a position in an unfinished estate ( like myself) are entitled to decent green areas, footpaths, finished boundaries, lighting etc.

Why are Local Authorities not doing anything? Is it up to residents to force them?

I asked the local election candidates recently....most mentioned form a residents group etc and approach the council locally.

Surely this is an issue all over the country and requires Government Policy & Leadership to the local authorities.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 1:04:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Martin, the only way anything is going to happen is if you, me and anyone else who cares about what's going on get together and take things into our own hands. The government would prefer to put €4 billion into Anglo Irish rather than help you and your neighbours out. That's what they think of you. That's where their priorities lie. Negotiating with them will get you nowhere.
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