12/03/2018

SF Slams Developer For Breaching Regulations On Liffey Valley Development

Sinn Féin has hit out at the developer of an apartment complex in Liffey Valley after residents had their Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) stopped due to fears of a planning regulation breach.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing, Eoin Ó Broin TD, said residents had their HAP's halted after it emerged a development on Coldcut Road at the former Liffey Valley Fitness Centre breached planning regulations.

Despite planning being granted for only 27 units, Mr Ó Broin said there could be an extra 13 apartments also being delivered on the site.

With the developer having appealed to An Bord Pleanála, Mr Ó Broin said more worryingly the developer has broken the law by not complying with building regulations.

"He didn't bother to submit commencement, completion, disability or fire safety certificates," the Dublin Mid-West TD said.

"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."

Continuing, Mr Ó Broin said 20 families could now lose their homes and become homeless.

"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," he said.

"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."

(LM)

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