Over the past three years, the Planning Authority has approved some 12,000 application by homeowners who had some form of irregular development on their property. In a statement, the Authority said that over the past three years it received more than thirteen thousand applications from owners who wanted to regularise development which could not previously be sanctioned.
In their majority, the approved applications had issues with sanitation laws such as the roofing of yards without the necessary permission. In a statement, The Authority announced that it shall be renewing this scheme for another year. The statement continues that the fees charged for such applications will remain the same as the past two years and therefore applicants will not be required to pay a surcharge of 25 percent as previously planned.
Through this scheme, the authority has made over 29 million euros, which it reiterates are being returned to the people through various schemes. Among these is popular ‘Irrestawra Darek’ scheme, which enables a number of homeowners to restore their homes through a substantial grant. Concurrently, 20% of the total revenue from these schemes is being retained in a fund for the use of local councils for embellishment projects within their localities.
The authority said the scheme covers only properties located in the development area and which appear in aerial photographs taken back in 2016. The Authority concluded that for a past irregularity to be sanctioned, the illegality must not affect third party property and the use of the place must be in accordance with regulations.