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Illegal hillside chalet must be demolished

A businessman has been told by a judge to demolish a secondary hillside home he built without planning permission.

Car sales director Gary Chambers will now have to topple his mountain chalet with a panoramic view of Dublin, a walk-around decking veranda and 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 dwelling house and excavate the hardcore driveway up to it, in one of the highest amenity areas of Dublin.

Judge Deery said Chambers, whose main dwelling is at Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, would have to restore the site, in the Dublin Mountains, to its original condition and bear all the costs.

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

She said Chambers had apparently ignored letters from the council which had found it so difficult to serve legal proceedings on him that it had to have court permission to serve him through the ordinary post.

Planning Inspector Martin Cassidy told the court that in December 2008 heavy machinery had started site clearance works on land owned by Chambers at Ticknock and a large green shed had been erected.

Four months later, in April, the council had received a complaint that a new dwelling house was being rapidly built on the site and An Taisce had joined in the protest.

Mr Cassidy said that in May 2008 he found outer and inner yards had been created around the large shed which was being used as a car repair business. Ms O'Farrell told the court the council had written to Mr Chambers in June 2009 asking him for an undertaking to remove the unauthorised development which was still in place.

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

Judge Deery gave Chambers eight weeks to restore the site to its original condition.