Couple told to demolish part of their house
a MALAHIDE couple have been ordered to demolish an extension they built without planning permission.
Mark and Kathleen Mohun were fined €500 and have also been ordered to pay costs of €2,000 to Fingal County Council.
Fingal County Council took the case against Mr and Mrs Mohun after they failed to comply with an enforcement notice from April 2013 to remove the unauthorised structure within one month.
Mr and Mrs Mohun, of Estuary Road in Malahide, constructed the 14.9 square metre extension without planning permission.
However, they made a retention application in June 2013, which was subsequently refused by Fingal County Council and they did not appeal it to An Bord Pleanala.
Conor Cooney, a planning inspector with Fingal County Council, told Swords District Court that the development was not exempt from planning permission as it was over 12 square metres.
He said he carried out inspections in September and November 2013 at the property and the extension was still in existence.
Mr Mohun told the court he had taken down vertical tiles from the extension wall and painted it, but Judge Dermot Dempsey told him that it is still an unauthorised development whether the tiles are removed or the walls painted.
Mr Cooney said a warning letter was sent to the Mohuns in January of this year and they had not complied with the order to remove the structure.
Judge Dempsey granted Fingal County Council the enforcement order and convicted and fined the couple and ordered them pay costs of €2,000 to the council.
He also told Mr Mohun that he must remove the unauthorised development.
Mr Mohun explained that he is currently unemployed and that his son is doing his Leaving Certificate.
Judge Dempsey warned Mr Mohun, who appealed the decision, that he can "only string these matters out for so long before they come home to roost".