Ronan's student son in battle to build by river
Scion of property tycoon is appealing a council's decision to reject his application for an 8,700sq ft mansion, with its own bar, on his father's estate
JAMES Ronan -- son of Treasury Holdings co-founder Johnny, who featured extensively in the headlines last week along with models Glenda Gilson and Rosanna Davison -- is waging a planning battle against Wicklow County Council after they recently turned down his application to build an 8,700sq ft mansion on his father's estate in Enniskerry.
Ronan, a student at Dublin Institute of Technology and former Blackrock College rugby player, is appealing in the hope of building a dome-roofed five-bedroom pile that overlooks the River Dargle.
While most 21-year-olds are living in student digs where the decor and general state of accommodation are often questionable and are accustomed to cheap drinks at the student union, young James hopes to build his own bar and a dining room with space for 24 to eat their spagbol.
Its 19th-century design is said to be based on James Gandon's plan for Carriglas Manor in Co Longford.
Neighbours have objected, however, that the plans "are clearly appropriate to a site of many hundreds of acres in the countryside, but far from appropriate to a confined site in a narrow river valley".
They also question whether several oak trees on the estate that would need to be chopped down are subject to a tree preservation order.
Addressing the various points raised by neighbours and planners, Ronan has suggested several potential locations for the house on his father's estate.
His consultants argue that as a house on the estate has been his home for more than 10 years, the application meets with Wicklow's strict rural housing policy conditions.
IN Southern England's wealthy London commuter belt, a house in the road where golf enthusiast and Tullow Oil CEO Aidan Heavey lives in Surrey recently sold for a staggering £10m (€11m), according to a local estate agent.
Laid out over a palatial 12,000sq ft, the six-bedroom newly built house features a three-car garage, a basement swimming pool, plus a hot tub and leisure complex, a games room, a wine cellar and a second-floor study and deck area.
Just a stone's throw from the fourth tee on the western course on the Wentworth Estate, home to the championship golf course, the new owners of the property also can boast a tennis court in its two acres of landscaped verdant gardens.
Meanwhile, a more modest six-bedroom house on the same road in Surrey is for sale, at the slightly lower price of £6.95m (€7.67m).
Recently renovated and extended, but more classical in style and with five reception rooms, it backs onto the third green of the golf course and has a heated outdoor pool, clay tennis court and one-bedroom staff flat.
Having seen its price slashed by €1m, a next-door neighbour of Glen Dimplex founder Martin Naughton is selling Flagmount, a newly built 7,000sq ft Palladian-style mansion in Stackallen, Co Meath.
With 11 stable boxes in a "state of the art" stable yard, the property -- priced at €2.75m -- sits on 20 acres of lush green pasture and meadows, according to the agents.
Naughton lives down the road at Stackallen House, which sits on a much larger 500-acre estate.