Lavelle welcomes South Dublin vote to reduce development levies

January 14, 2013  

Fine Gael councillors had repeatedly called for levy reduction so as to support jobs and investment

Cllr. William Lavelle, Fine Gael councillor for Lucan, has today the vote by South Dublin County Council to significantly reduce development levies. This follows a three year campaign by Fine Gael councillors to reverse the previous 33% increase in levies voted through by the Sinn Fein-Labour majority in December 2009.

The new scheme adopted at today’s council meeting provides for a levy on non-residential development of €81.65 per square metre, reduced from the current rate of €111, representing a complete reversal of the previous 2009 increase. The draft scheme also provides for a levy on residential development of €88.27 per square metre, reduced from the current rate of €120. This scheme also includes a number of exemptions aimed at supporting small businesses who wish to develop or extend their premises.

William states: “In 2009 the Sinn Fein-Labour majority on South Dublin County Council controversially voted to increase development levies on new business premises by an outrageous 33%. This increase was opposed by Fine Gael and since then we have repeatedly called for a reversal in this increase”.

Last year the council’s Economic Development policy committee agreed to review the Development Contribution Scheme. A sub-group of the Committee, of which William was a member, met regularly to thrash out a new scheme. This work was informed by an independent consultant’s review of the current Development Levy Scheme.

Commenting on the newly-adopted scheme William stated: “I warmly welcome the decision to reduce these levies, in particular the reversal of the 2009 increase in levies on commercial development. I have consistently argued that commercial development levies act as an unfair burden on local businesses, in particular small businesses, who despite the recession seek to expand their operations and premises.”

“I believe that in reducing these levies we are be sending out a strong message that South Dublin County is open for business and investment!”