Source: Irish Independent Tue Oct 30th, 2018.
Source: Irish Independent Tue Oct 30th, 2018.
Source: The Sun
Date: 26th July 2018
Michelle Whelton hurled abuse at a woman in the street after her boyfriend moved in and they started making a lot of noise in Haverfordwest
Whelton was arrested and claimed her family had been disturbed by the woman have noisy sex in the flat next door.
A mum threatened a female neighbour after being enraged by her having “noisy sex”, a court heard.
Michelle Whelton, 49, hurled abuse at the woman as she left her home – and telling her: “Go and have sex in a field.”
Horrified neighbours and children watched as Whelton threatened that she would get a “good kicking.”
Whelton was arrested and claimed her family had been disturbed by the woman having noisy sex in a nearby flat.
Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard-Jones said: “She told police that when the woman has sex with her boyfriend she screams and makes a lot of noise.”
A court heard the victim moved house following the incident on February 21 after falling pregnant.
The row was sparked when the victim put in a noise complaint against Whelton for playing music late at night.
But furious Whelton got drunk and flew into a rage in the street at 6pm in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.
Mr Pritchard-Jones said: “It appears that Miss Whelton was drunk and she continued to be abusive.”
A victim impact statement said the mum was afraid to stay in her own home.
The mum said: “All I did was put in a noise complaint to the council and now I’m being punished for it.
“She has no idea of the impact of her behaviour.”
Defending Mike Kelleher said it was the culmination of “months of neighbourhood problems.”
The cost of building apartments has dropped by as much as 15 per cent because of recent changes to construction regulations, the Government has claimed.
Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy claims that policy changes he introduced to minimum apartment standards have led to a significant drop in the cost to builders.
The amendments to the regulations included reducing the number of lifts and car parking spaces needed in apartment blocks, as well as changing rules that ensured apartments were dual aspect.
Mr Murphy released three related internal reports on the issue last night. The first report, conducted early last year, found that it was “extremely challenging” for builders to construct apartments in urban centres in particular. Suburban housing developments were found to be “marginally viable”.
The calculations were based on houses and apartments priced on an “affordability range” of between €240,000 and €320,000.
This, the report carried out by the Department of Housing argued, was due a number of factors, such as the number of car parking spaces needed.
The report says six-storey buildings are “optimal” from a cost point of view because higher buildings would come with greater structural and fire and safety requirements.
The report supports the need for a higher number of one- and two-bed apartments in developments. However, the need for recreation space above 10 per cent of the total site in suburban estates is questioned.
The cost of building report also deals with a number of mooted policy changes, such as a reduction in the level of VAT for construction. This is rejected because it will “likely only result in further increases in land prices”.
A follow on report – albeit much shorter in its analysis and conclusions – assessed the impact of the subsequent changes to the building regulations.
It based its assessments on the cost of a six-storey apartment in Dublin 8. A new layout was designed in line with new regulations, including smaller apartments. It led to an increased number of apartments – from a theoretical 252 to 285 – in the block when compared with older rules.
“In terms of the construction cost comparison exercise, the two major factors considered were a more efficient layout and the design flexibility around car parking provision,” it says.
This led to an overall cost reduction of 13-15 per cent, which it says “translates to a construction cost saving per unit” of between 23 per cent and 25 per cent.
An other report released by Mr Murphy last night states that construction costs in Ireland are broadly in line with those in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and France.
“However, in the Netherlands, costs are of the order of 18 per cent less than in Ireland and are also notably lower than in the UK, Germany and France,” it says.
“The information we have obtained from the Netherlands suggests that there are a number of factors which may play a part in achieving lower residential construction costs including the types of houses and apartments built; the level of control and intervention by municipalities; and the high proportion of residential developments undertaken by housing associations.”
Source: Irish Times
The owner of a pub in Athenry has agreed to soundproof the premises following complaints from neighbours about noise.
The neighbours had lodged an objection to Kevin Kelly’s application to renew his publican’s licence for Dan’s Bar on North Gate Street, Athenry following the opening of a function room upstairs.
Gearóid Geraghty, representing Mr Kelly in the civil matter before Loughrea District Court, told Judge James Faughnan that his client had carried out some soundproofing adding that he had not held any music events on the premises since the complaint had been lodged.
In fact, apart from two pub quizzes being held this month — one last week and another this on March 23, that area was not being used.
Mr Geraghty pointed out that it would cost a total of €126,000 to completely soundproof the premises, which was money his client did not have. Mr Kelly had already spent €18,000 trying to resolve the issues.
Judge Faughnan insisted that both parties come to an agreement before the end of the court sitting, adding that there were simple steps that could be taken.
“He caused it, so it’s his problem. It’s a nuisance,” added the Judge.
Mr Geraghty said that there had been breaches unintended by his client and he was more than happy to come to an agreement with the complainants.
Judge Faughnan warned that Mr Kelly had now given an undertaking to the court and that any breach would be a breach of a court order.
Source: Connacht Tribune
Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy T.D., and Minister Damien English T.D., have today (14th December, 2017) brought forward proposals for vacant commercial premises to tackle the housing shortage as part of exempted development regulations laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas. This is the first step in the approval process for the relevant regulations, as set out in the Planning Act, which requires the draft regulations to be referred to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government for its consideration with a view to their subsequent approval by both Houses by way of positive resolution before they can be signed into law by the Minister.
Proposals for Exempted Development.
The Planning Act provides that the Minister may make regulations to provide that certain classes of development shall be exempted from the requirement to obtain planning permission. The three sets of draft exempted development regulations now proposed relate to exemptions for:
As a central element in this package of draft exempted development regulations, the Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Mr Eoghan Murphy, T.D., highlighted in particular the importance of the draft regulations aimed at facilitating the change of use of certain types of vacant buildings to bring them back into productive use as homes.
“These draft regulations, if approved by the Oireachtas, will allow the change of use of certain vacant commercial premises such as empty shops and “over the shop” type spaces to residential use without the need for planning permission. This will have the dual benefit of facilitating the bringing on stream of urgently needed housing supply in high demand areas while simultaneously breathing new life into inner-core urban areas many of which have been adversely affected by the economic downturn, he stated.
He continued, “The Government is fully committed to bringing as many vacant properties as possible back into use and maximising the use of existing resources. These new regulations will make it easier for property owners to re-imagine the use of vacant and under-used buildings without having to go through the planning process and are the first of a series of measures being developed by my Department to streamline the various regulatory requirements relating to the conversion of vacant spaces for residential use”.
Minister English added, “With these draft Regulations, we want to once again show how the planning system can be responsive to current needs and demands, by removing the need for planning consent where appropriate and thereby provide greater efficiencies in the system.”.
“All elements of the three sets of proposals I am bringing forward today have the potential to have a very real and positive impact on our citizens. For example, they will support Irish Water in the efficient delivery of the vital service that it provides; they will assist in the accelerated roll-out of broadband and mobile services, in urban and particularly in rural areas, as envisaged by the Action Plan for Rural Development; and critically they will facilitate the re-use of the many vacant buildings in our cities and towns for housing purposes. I look forward to a positive engagement and discussion with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on these proposals in early 2018 so that the new provisions can be brought into operation as soon as possible.”