Friday 7 September 2007

Developer ordered to demolish €75m project

THE developer of a planned €75 million 120-bedroom hotel and 52 holiday homes in Cashel has been ordered to demolish the development because of an alleged breach of planning conditions.

The entire €75m project and 250 jobs are now under threat, according to developer Liam Campion.

South Tipperary County Council is seeking demolition of the holiday cottages because the houses are terraced rather than semi-detached, as well as being up to nine metres off the specifications in the original plans.

Mr Campion has claimed that the houses, at the former site of the Cashel Kings Motel on the Dublin road out of Cashel, have been built in accordance with plans submitted and approved in July of 2006.

He yesterday accused the local authority of making “a grave error” by trying to force through the demolition of the houses.

“They sought certain amendments which we put into plans that were submitted and approved at a meeting in July of last year. We proceeded with the development on that basis and stuck rigidly to the plans we submitted but the local authority has somehow tried to claim we don’t have approval,” said Mr Campion yesterday.

“Now my initial investment in these houses is at risk, as is the entire project.”

Restoring the location to a greenfield site would bring an end to the entire project, according to the developer, “and deny a major economic boost for Cashel”.

Construction on the holiday project began on August 21 of last year and, in early September, one of the county council officers attended the site to ensure everything was progressing in order, according to Mr Campion.

There was no comment on the matter yesterday from South Tipperary County Council.

Irish Examiner

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