Statement by Waterford City and County Council in the case V Centz Retail Holdings, trading as “Homesavers”
Waterford City and County Council wish to advise the interim planning injunction against Centz Retail Holdings, trading as “Homesavers” has been lifted by the High Court in a hearing yesterday (25th November 2020). The case to seek a Section 60 Planning Injunction will be before the High Court on 7th December 2020 for a full hearing.
Waterford City and County Council undertook court proceedings against Centz Retail Holdings Ltd trading as “Homesavers”
following the commencement of trading by “Homesavers” at two locations in Dungarvan and Kingsmeadow and the fitting out of a third unit in Tramore for retail use, without any authorisation or planning permission for general retail uses. This constitutes a material, and significant, change in use of each of the three properties concerned which was commenced by the operators without any prior consultation or engagement with the planning authority.
Waterford City and County Council sought the Interim Planning injunction in the context of its statutory function to regulate development and ensure adherence to the proper planning and sustainable development of its functional area and to protect the vitality and viability of the City and town centres for the good of the local community including other retailers.
The High Court granted this interim injunction on Thursday 19th November and Homesavers have ceased trading in Dungarvan and Kingsmeadow, and the unit in Tramore remains closed, on foot of that court order. However, Homesavers are continuing to challenge this interim injunction and the matter currently remains before the court.