County Hall: The register is available to view on Kilkenny County Council’s website
Thirty sites have so far been registered on Kilkenny’s Vacant Sites Register, which will see a levy placed on certain tracts of land not coming forward for development.
The areas included in this initial phase are Kilkenny City, Castlecomer and Callan. The council has said that this is the starting point of an ongoing programme of identifying and registering vacant sites, and is by no means an exhaustive list.
The register is available to view on Kilkenny County Council’s website. The council must determine the market value of the vacant sites, and notify owners of these valuations. It is anticipated the market valuations will be completed by the end of this March.
The council must notify property owners of the valuation and inform them of their right of appeal. The owner has the right to appeal the valuation to the Valuation Tribunal within 28 days of the notice.
A site entered on the register is subject to the vacant site levy, payable in arrears each year beginning in 2019. For 2018, the levy is 3% of the market value. Under Budget 2018, the levy will be increased to 7% for next year, however.
The council says the next phase of additions to the register will be for Callan, Graignamanagh and Thomastown. Following that, other areas that can be targeted for the levy are the remaining settlements with zoning: Bennettsbridge, New Ross Environs and Kilmacow.