Limerick developer named as owner of residents’ driveways

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Robert Butler
Robert Butler

LIMERICK property developer Robert Butler has been identified as the registered owner of the common areas in three neighbourhoods in Kilteragh where residents have been told that they do not own the driveways to their homes.

The Limerick Post revealed last week that residents from Ardbracken, Clonmore and Glendara had been informed by the Property Registration Authority of Ireland (PRAI) of an error during the registration of their deeds.

And while many of the houses on the Dooradoyle housing development have been transferred to new folios, the registered owner of what remains of the original Kilteragh development is well-known Limerick developer Robert Butler.

Notification of an error that some of the houses on its digital map of the Kilteragh estate incorrectly included parking spaces, was lodged with the PRAI last November. Residents were informed earlier this month that the parking spaces would be excluded from the folios “to more accurately reflect the original documents lodged”.

Property Management Ireland (PMI) are responsible for the management of the Glendara, Clonmore and Ardbracken areas of the Kilteragh development. PMI claimed this week that the common areas in Kilteragh including the driveways should have been transferred to the owner’s management company at the developer’s expense when the development phase of the site was completed.

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In a statement this week, PMI commented, “The developer went into receivership in 2010 and the common areas had not been transferred. Robert Butler remains the registered owner of the common areas and the estimated costs of transfer of these areas are circa €5,500. There are currently no funds available to complete this process.”

According to PMI, it was agreed by a majority vote at a Kilteragh residents AGM in March 2013 to introduce a parking permit system in order to raise these funds and guide people to pay their service charges.

“It was always an understanding of the owners management company that driveways were included in the common areas. PMI acquired maps on the management company’s behalf which illustrated the common areas at Kilteragh. From these maps, all driveways were included in the common areas. We were informed that these maps were included in the deed of transfer during the sales process to each owner,” PMI revealed.

Chairperson of ACG Kilteragh Residents Association, Miriam Ryan, said the fact that Robert Butler did not transfer the common areas in the Dooradoyle estate, has left people “burdened” with the cost.

“We met with the planning department of Limerick County Council on April 2, with a view to having this section included when they take Kilteragh in charge during the summer, and presently await their decision,” said Ms Ryan.

Meanwhile, Limerick City West councillor Joe Leddin has called on management in the City and County Council to explain why a bond lodged by McInerney builders for the construction of homes in the Kilteragh estate Dooradoyle was released prior to the completion of all original planning conditions.

Following a meeting this Tuesday of residents living in the Ardbracken, Clonmore and Glendara estates regarding the attempted land grab of their driveways it was revealed that the original bond lodged by McInerneys was subsequently released despite two critical planning conditions not been completed.

“The placement of a playground for the benefit of children in the general area along with the provision of a wildlife sanctuary to date remain unfilled despite promises for several years that these important recreational facilities would be delivered. I don’t believe that the Council can now credibly state that they will not begin the legal process of ‘taking in charge’ the estate because of these two outstanding issues despite releasing the bond,” he said.