Ghosts estates still a problem in Dublin says councillor

South Dublin has a significant problem with ghost estates in “limbo” and only partially completed, according to a Labour councillor.

He also highlighted the problem of developers retaining a controlling interest in management companies.

“Ghost estates have been characterised as a particular problem in small rural towns and in the so-called ‘commuter belt.’ However, there are issues particular to our situation in South Dublin. Here, unlike in other counties, it is clear that many of these uncompleted developments involve apartments, which make up approximately half of the units in the study,” said Dermot Looney, a councillor on South Dublin County Council.

The report on ‘ghosts estates’, he said, found that there were 49 ghost estates in South Dublin with some 9,425 units. Within these 2,953 units were not even started, 760 are still under construction, and 1,286 units were completed but vacant.

Looney said: “Of the 119 areas set aside for open space in these estates, 45 were uncompleted. These add up to severe difficulties for residents of nearly 4,500 homes which are occupied in the partially-completed estates.”

He said as well as issues regarding issues of good standards of living, estate completion and the creation of sustainable communities, the South Dublin area has a problem with management companies in apartment and other multi-unit developments.

“In particular, developers retain a controlling interest in many management companies but may not be contributing their management fee. This can create great difficulty for residents in getting vital work done in their estates. The issue of management companies is another failure of ‘light touch’ regulation in Ireland and regrettably the new legislation on management companies is not retrospective,” said Looney.

IMAGE: File picture of a ‘ghost estate’, Attribution Some rights reserved by topgold

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