Posts Tagged ‘levies’

Kildare County Council owed more than €53.9m in levies

February 28, 2012

Article from Leinster Leader

Kildare County Council (KCC) is owed more than €53.9m in development and planning levies, and its county manager is adamant “tight procedures” will recover these long and short-term debts.

 However, concern has been expressed that they will not even recover ‘a small part’ of this debt due to the downturn in the economy and the collapse of the construction industry with many firms gone bust.

The issue was raised by Cllr. Tony O’Donnell, who asked for a report on the arrears on unpaid development levies and what measures KCC was taking to combat this.

According to a council report, which was presented at yesterday’s county council meeting (February 27), short-term debtors owe €4.8m and long-term debtors have an outstanding €49.1m. This information was complied from the KCC Annual Financial Statement for 31 December 2011 that will published shortly. (more…)


Car Parking Levy Reduced by 80%

July 29, 2010

In a recent decision by An Bord Pleanala relating to a shop unit opposite the Whitewater in Newbridge (14 B Cutlery Road), the Board reduced the levy imposed by Kildare County Council by 80%.  The Council had imposed a levy of €30,000 however, upon appealing the decision to An Bord Pleanala the Council made a submission to the Board saying they would reduce it to €12,000 follow a review of the Development Plan requirements.  This was on the basis that the actual requirement under the Development Plan was for 1.2 spaces – which they then interpretted as being 2 spaces.  The Board ruled that the Development Contribution Scheme had not been applied properly and that 1.2 should be rounded to 1 and therefore a levy of only €6,000 applied.

Should you wish to challenge development contributions please do not hesitate to contact me.  There is often scope for significantly reducing or even removing such levies.