Denis McGee, of Brinlack Lower, Gweedore, Donegal, — described as having a free philosophy and who did not acknowledge planning laws — was ordered by Judge Paul Kelly to pay a €250 fine and €750 towards council costs for failing to observe an enforcement notice from Donegal County Council in relation to an unauthorised development.
Dungloe District Court was told Mr McGee failed to take steps required in an enforcement notice served on January 21, 2015. He did not appear in court.
Killian Smith, executive planner with the council, told the court Mr McGee’s home was 200 yards from the sea and “a large shed of 60sq m to the rear of the house obstructed the view”. The shed should not have exceeded 25sq m.
Mr Smith said there were a number of cars and disused vehicles on the site, including two boats, a large steel container, a lorry container, scrap, and a mini-digger.
He said that there had been complaints from families in nearby houses claiming the scenery had been seriously denigrated.
Despite instruction from the council to Mr McGee to remove the shed, he had completed it and it was operational.
Judge Paul Kelly ordered the defendant to remove the shed, containers, and disused vehicles within three months.