Developers are converting or demolishing houses and building apartments or offices, in prime estates, because they can make more money that way, Independent councillor Michael Courtney claimed.
’Before the rot sets in, we should stop it here and now. I don’t want to see housing estates in Killarney ruined,’ he said.
’We have to safeguard our estates - in the interests of people who have lived in them all their lives.’
Calling for restrictions, Mr Courtney proposed the deletion of the term ‘open for consideration’, in a section of Killarney town development plan covering residential areas.
He was supported by Independent councillor Donal Grady, who said inappropriate development was already taking place in some Killarney estates and residents were seriously concerned.
Town clerk Michael O’Leary cautioned against removing the ‘open for consideration’ condition because it could also eliminate acceptable developments.
But, Mr O’Leary added, he would bring a proposal before the council to make the rule tighter.
Meanwhile, both Mr Courtney and Mr Courtney, as well as some local residents, have lodged an objection with An Bord Pleanála to a proposal to demolish a house in Killarney and replace it with offices and apartments.
The house is located close to Fitzgerald Stadium, in the Lewis Road/Dalton’s Avenue area, which has been residential in nature for generations.