A Limerick householder has challenged the local authority, after she was told to remove solar panels from the roof of her house.

Asha Pasinska was before Limerick District Court this afternoon in connection with breaches of planning laws. 

Judge Marian O’Leary was told that Ms Pasinska, with an address at 60 Gouldavoher Estate, Limerick, had put 21 solar panels on the roof of the property without planning permission in 2017.

The panels took up almost three times the space permitted under exemptions provided for in the 2001 Building Development Regulations. 

After Limerick City and County Council received complaints, a warning letter was issued in July 2017.

This was followed by a retention application by the defendant in August of that year. 

That effort to keep the panels was rejected but they were still in place when a council inspector visited the site on 22 February this year. 

Planning inspector Michael O’Brien told the court that the panels covered the whole roof and that legal proceedings were issued to resolve the dispute in May of this year. 

In the meantime, Ms Pasinska lodged a further application for retention with the local authority.

This was refused in August.

In its ruling, the council said the panels caused a serious visual intrusion and set an undesirable precedent. 

Limerick District Court was told this afternoon that 14 panels had now been removed, bringing the total area covered under the 12m/sq exemption.

Ms Pasinska is dissatisfied with how the planning process was handled.

Judge O’Leary said the matter needed to go to a full hearing and adjourned the case to 9 May.