Irish Planning Myth #2 – you can demolish a house as long as you build the new the same
Again a myth.
Irish builders love knocking old cottages down:
“Ah she’ll fall down when we start building”
“It’s a lot easier to build it new than doing anything with that old wreck”
“If we get it up fast enough, no one will notice”
“You’ll get a lovely new house”
The above sentences do make a bit of sense (unfortunately not to those wanting to protect Ireland’s architectural heritage) but what happens when you go ahead and demolish:
1. You do not have planning permission as the demolition of a habitable house constitutes development under the Planning and Development Acts.
2. Your property does not now have the correct title compliance in order for your solicitor to sell your property. Unless that is:
More Irish planning myths debunked tomorrow. There I told you there’d be no leprechauns.