A DEVELOPER with plans for warehousing units, retail unit, restaurant and office space in Urlingford is due to be given more time to complete the development after further information was submitted to Kilkenny County Council.
Permission was originally granted to Irish and European Properties Ltd in July 2006 and expired in July of this year. Kilkenny County Council has now approved the permission to be extended a further five years.
In considering whether to allow more time, the council questioned the extent and timeline of works carried out and the amount of money spent on the development.
“The applicant has not paid the development contributions to date nor has a commencement notice being lodged with the Planning Authority. Notwithstanding the above the applicant is claiming in this current application, that he has carried out substantial works on site,” according to the planning file.
Development charges of €606,255 plus a special contribution of €142,800 “to facilitate the future necessary upgrading of the Wastewater Treatment Plant at Urlingford” were conditions of the original planning permission.
The applicant estimated the total money spent on the development so far as €4.6 million or “43% of the value of the overall development as confirmed by the applicant’s accountant Keating and Co Accountants with a further €6.2 million (57%) required to complete the development”.
The planning file states that on a site inspection on August 24 “it was difficult to determine the exact extent of work carried out. The spur road has been constructed, but the other aspects of the development are questionable.”
Of the €4.32 million quoted for “the raising and filling of ground on site”, the planner wrote: “This sum sounds excessive although it is difficult say with certainty as no details have been submitted with the application documents as to the type of fill used.”
However, further information provided by the developer “confirmed that development commenced on foot of the subject permission on the 27th July 2006. Invoices have been submitted as complied by Barry Keating and Company Accountants which provide details of the filling operation and indicate clearly that the works in question were carried out between the end of July 2006 and the end of November 2006.”
The council therefore said it was satisfied that “the development to which the permission relates was commenced before the expiration of the appropriate period sought to be extended, substantial works were carried out pursuant to the permission during that period, and the development will be completed within a reasonable time.”