Development levies charged by Kildare County Council for the construction of a house in the Kilteel area have been reduced by almost €4,000 on appeal.
Kildare County Council sought the payment of €12,380 for a single storey house (with additional accommodation in the roofspace) at Rathbane, Kilteel.
Brian Whelan with an address of ℅ Vincent JP Farry, South Frederick Street, Dublin, appealed against the payment of the sums which KCC proposed to levy as “in accordance with the Development Contribution Scheme adopted by (the council)”.
The appeal was heard by An Bord Pleanala and appeal documents stated that while the council normally charges levies totalling €20,000 for a house of this size, the provision of private water and sewerage facilities would reduce this amount.
It was also pointed out that the under the original planning permission, granted in 2002, contributions totalling €3,800 were paid in respect of two of the planning conditions.
He claimed that the contribution should have been €8,518.
Contributions are levied by the council to pay for the cost of water, sewage treatment and roads provision.
The council agreed to reduce the levies by €2,800 but resisted accepting a further deduction of €1,000 relating to provision of water services. But ABP said a further €1,000 should be taken off the total levies sought by the council.
The board’s recommendation was that the applicant should pay a financial contribution totalling €8,518 and this to be paid by August 12 - or by a phased payment arrangement agreed with KCC.