Friday 24 March 2017

Businessman ordered to tear down hillside home

Ray Managh

A BUSINESSMAN with an eye for a nice view has been told by a judge to demolish a hillside home he built without planning permission.

Car sales director Gary Chambers will have to topple his mountain chalet with a panoramic view of Dublin, a walk-around decking and a huge work shed.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery also told him to rip up the concrete slab on which he built the prefabricated house and excavate the hardcore driveway up to it.

The judge said Mr Chambers, whose main home is at 'Sea View', Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, would have to restore the site in the Dublin Mountains to its original condition and bear all the costs.

Carol O'Farrell, for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, told the Circuit Civil Court how Mr Chambers had gouged out a hillside site off Kellystown Road, Ticknock, Dublin, and had gone ahead with building works despite threats of legal action by the local authority.

Mr Chambers was not in court for the hearing and was not represented.

The judge gave Mr Chambers eight weeks to remove the prefab dwelling, decking and shed; excavate and remove the concrete slab and hardcore driveway and restore the site to its original condition.

Irish Independent

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