Tuesday 24 April 2018

Developers face being 'blacklisted' over defects

Paudie Coffey
Paudie Coffey
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Property developers who have built homes found to be suffering from fire or other safety defects face being "blacklisted" by the State, under plans being drawn up by the Department of the Environment.

Housing Minister Paudie Coffey wants to give the local authorities the legal power to block certain developers from engaging in construction for a certain period of time.

While such measures would be legally contentious, Mr Coffey has instructed his officials to draw up a detailed plan in light of the Longboat Quay scandal.

"While we don't think we would be able to blacklist them forever, we do believe there is scope to restrict future development," the Fine Gael minister told the Irish Independent.

The restrictions would apply to developers or their companies responsible for properties which have safety defects that remain unrectified.

"There would be an onus on these developers to fix the defects before they can engage in any further building works," he added.

These powers may be introduced as part of an overall package aimed at overhauling build regulations. The Waterford TD has signalled plans to amend the previous regulations introduced in 2012 to improve accountability.

Irish Independent

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