Wicklow Co Council move on unpaid development fees

Monday 11 February 2013 07.21
Wicklow County Council are seeking to gather unpaid development fees
Wicklow County Council are seeking to gather unpaid development fees

Residents on a Wicklow housing estate are being pursued for the payment of outstanding development fees that were left unpaid by the developer of the estate.

Wicklow County Council has written to 21 homeowners in Avoca demanding payment of €2500 each.

The registered letters said the homes were not in compliance with their planning conditions as development fees stipulated as part of the planning were not paid.

Brook Meadow, which contains 54 houses, is located on the outskirts of Avoca, Co Wicklow.

Residents are arguing that development fees are charges to the developer who got the planning permission so they are not liable

However, Wicklow Co Council told RTÉ News that levies are a charge on the property itself and the council has a duty to collect all outstanding charges.

It is estimated that on a national level, €269m in unpaid development levies remain outstanding.

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