Tuesday 27 June 2017

BOD and Amy's dream home stalled by planning red tape

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at Lough Rynn Castle in Co Leitrim the day after their wedding Picture: PA
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at Lough Rynn Castle in Co Leitrim the day after their wedding Picture: PA
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman are hoping plans for their plush new period Dublin home won't be delayed by red tape.

Rugby legend Brian and actor Amy bought the Victorian house on Palmerston Road in Rathmines, which was on the market for nearly €2m.

The house already had planning permission, but that permission has expired.

The couple have now applied to Dublin City Council to extend the period of permission so they may complete work on their dream home.

The original planning permission was granted in 2011 after a two-year process, and expired at the end of October, but Brian and Amy didn't apply for an extension until last week.

The house was previously split into three flats, but Brian and Amy are hoping to return it to a one-family home and extend it from 280 square metres to 363 square metres.

An artist’s impression of a proposed extension to the luxury home in Palmerston Road,
Rathmines
An artist’s impression of a proposed extension to the luxury home in Palmerston Road, Rathmines

The new layout at garden level incorporates an open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room area with large windows, and a large family room and office to the front.

A bedroom, one of six in the plan, would also be at this level.

At hall level there would be two interconnecting reception rooms with period fireplaces, high ceilings and large bay windows.

The plan for upstairs is four bedrooms, one ensuite, and a family bathroom.

The couple hope to also replace the modern PVC windows and repoint the period red brick blocks.

They also plan to reinstate the stairs from the ground to upper ground level.

The couple's current home is located in Goatstown in Dublin.

Brian and Amy have two children; a daughter Sadie and son Billy.

Irish Independent

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