Sunday 25 September 2016

High-flier's luxury home plan hits turbulence with neighbours

Gordon Deegan

Published 12/05/2015 | 02:30

The planning application lodged with Clare County Council for the rural home
The planning application lodged with Clare County Council for the rural home

Plans by high-flying aviation entrepreneur Dómhnal Slattery for a new luxury holiday home overlooking the Atlantic ocean in Co Clare have hit turbulence.

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This follows An Taisce and neighbours of the Ennis-born son of a green grocer lodging objections against his plan to demolish his existing holiday home near the coastal village of Liscannor and replace it with a new five bedroomed home 65pc bigger than the current property. As chief executive, Slattery led aircraft leasing firm Avolon to a successful stock market floatation in December.

Yesterday, Avolon had a stock market capitalisation of $1.87bn (€1.67bn) giving Slattery's 1.4pc share a value of €23.5m.

The ceo currently lives on at one of Ireland's most exclusive addresses at Ailesbury Rd in D4 but plans to live full time at Liscannor when he retires.

However, adjoining co-landowners at Liscannor, Mary O'Dea, Richard Lyons, Dermot Lyons, Cyril Lyons, Albert Lyons, James Lyons and Noreen Lyons Lynch along with Muriel Noble have lodged objections against the 6,124 sq ft house plan.

The Clare Association of An Taisce has stated that "the very modern style and height is not in keeping with other dwellings in the area" arguing that the house should either be refused or re-designed.

A decision is due on May 17. A spokesman for Mr Slattery declined to comment.

Irish Independent

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