Wednesday 26 April 2017

Appeal lodged over Roche D4 apartments

The Roches bought No 53 Percy Place in February and planned to develop a five-storey complex with nine apartments.
The Roches bought No 53 Percy Place in February and planned to develop a five-storey complex with nine apartments.
Samantha McCaughren

Samantha McCaughren

A plan by the Roche family to develop an apartment complex at the site of a derelict cottage in Ballsbridge is being appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

The Roches bought No 53 Percy Place in February and planned to develop a five-storey complex with nine apartments.

The former cottage was was sold by Waterways Ireland to the Roches' vehicle Praiano Ventures for €1.7m. There had been a number of other interested bidders in the property, including developer Johnny Ronan, according to reports.

Dublin City Council granted planning permission in September, subject to a number of conditions.

However, there are several objections from local residents and management companies.

Praiano was set up in September, 2015. Ann and Tom Roche each hold a third of the shareholding in Praiano. John Roche holds a 26 per cent shareholding, and heads up the company.

He is behind the food chain Cocu Kitchen, which has restaurants on Hatch Street, Baggot Street and most recently Clarendon Street.

Michelle Roche holds the remaining 8pc stake in the firm, according to the Companies Office.

The complex would comprise seven two-bedroom and two one-bedroom apartments.

Jabid Ltd, a company which manages neighbouring apartments, has appealed to An Bord Pleanala claiming that the development would be excessive in size. It is also claimed that material being used in the proposed building would be contrary to the area's development plan.

A decision is due in March.

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