Derelict sites can have a detrimental impact on the social, economic, commercial and visual aspects on the surrounding neighbourhood. It is important that they are reported, investigated and rendered non-derelict.
Prevention & Control.
The Derelict Sites Act requires that the owner and occupier of land ensure that the land or structures do not become or do not continue to be a derelict site.
The Act defines a Derelict Site as any land which detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree from the amenity, character or appearance of land in the neighbourhood of the land in question because of;
a). structures which are in a ruinous, derelict or dangerous condition, or
b). the neglected, unsightly or objectionable condition of the land or structures, or
c). the presence, deposit or collection of litter, rubbish, debris or waste.
The Act imposes duties on the Local Authority to:
- Maintain a Derelict Sites Register.
- Make the Register available for public inspection.
- Serve a Notice on the owner/occupier specifying works to be carried out to prevent or stop dereliction.
- Acquire by agreement or compulsorily any derelict site.
- Impose an annual levy on any derelict site in an urban area, based on 3% of its valuation.
Reports of dereliction are investigated, the ownership is established and the owner is written to. If you have a query relating to a Derelict site please contact the Environment Section.