AN Bord Pleanála has rejected the plan to acquire by the city and the county council of Limerick two terraced houses in Abbeyfeale.
The local authority had requested permission from CPO the two adjacent properties which are located at Colbert Terrace in the city.
The properties (number 3 and number 4) were added to the Abandoned Sites Register in November 2018 and CPO procedures were launched late last year as part of a council initiative to combat the abandonment in a number of towns and villages in Limerick.
The council has previously acquired a number of other houses in the development which is located in the center of Abbealefeale at the back of Main Street and which connects the main street to the R524.
Objections to the proposed CPO were received in February from lawyers representing the owner of both properties.
In her report to council, Senior Planning Inspector Pauline Fitzpatrick noted that the owner agreed to sell both homes last November before the official CPO process began.
She said the potential buyer was aware of the situation and intended to carry out modernization work to ensure that both properties were “completely habitable and safe” by April. 2022.
In her report, Ms Fitzpatrick confirmed that she carried out an inspection of both properties last month.
She states that there is “a great deal of neglect at Colbert Terrace” and that both properties are in poor condition.
She said it was not possible to get inside the properties but cracks were evident on the front exterior walls of both.
She noted that the No. 3 chimney was “exposed with the outer shell partially missing” and that there was no boundary to the front boundary.
“The area of land at the front of the accommodation / front garden is not maintained although the vegetation has been cut / moved back. The back garden is overrun with obvious rubbish, ”she said.
Regarding number 4, Ms Fitzpatrick commented: “The roof structure appears to be generally intact at the front, but there are signs of deterioration at the rear. Sections of the gutters and soffits are broken or missing. There is no delimitation of the front limit.
“The area of land at the front of the accommodation / front garden is not maintained although the vegetation has been cut / moved back. The back garden is overrun with obvious rubbish.
In his recommendation to the board, which was fully accepted, the Senior Planning Inspector said the proposed CPO should be refused.
“In view of the evidence of the efforts of the owners to sell the site and the intentions of the purchaser in terms of refurbishment to bring the property out of the derelict state, I believe it would be appropriate to leave a little more time for the site owners to complete the sale and thus allow the site to be redeveloped or repaired, ”she said.