Possible threat of demolition in one Co Kilkenny estate

There is one partially built housing estate in Co Kilkenny that could be in danger of being demolished if progress isn’t made on it, according to a Kilkenny County Council official.

There is one partially built housing estate in Co Kilkenny that could be in danger of being demolished if progress isn’t made on it, according to a Kilkenny County Council official.

Asked at Monday’s council meeting whether any estates in the county could face the possibility of being knocked, director of services John McCormack replied: “I would perceive there is one estate where if we don’t get engagement on the ground ... there could be demolition – but it is a last resort.”

He made the comment during a discussion on unfinished housing estates, of which Co Kilkenny originally had 76 according to the Department of the Environment. A more recent report from the department revised that figure down to 54 estates.

Council engineer Paul Moran, who has been tracking the progress on the initial 76 estates, reported to the meeting that there have been 11 applications for estates to be taken in charge by the council, and 15 estates have been found to be complying with their planning permission but there are unoccupied houses within the estates.

Twelve developments are currently subject to legal proceedings regarding non-compliance with planning, and a liquidator or receiver has been appointed in the case of six estates within the county. The developer’s bond has been drawn down for two estates, and two estates have been taken over by the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), according to Mr Moran.

However, a council official said it was not easy to track which developments were involved with NAMA.

“It is very difficult to try and get information about what is in NAMA,” said senior executive officer Anne Maria Walsh. “It’s only through talking with developers (that the council finds out) if they have gone into NAMA.”