Brian O'Driscoll's cousin is tackled by well-heeled locals over nursing home plan
A plan by Brian O'Driscoll's cousin Cillian Willis and his family to build a nursing home in south Dublin has raised the hackles of well-heeled locals.
Mr Willis, a former Connaught and Leinster rugby player, is a director of FWNH Ltd, a company hoping to build the 121-bedroom nursing home in Foxrock. He's been involved in the family's nursing home business since retiring from rugby a few years ago. His family's firm intends to demolish an existing residential property called Four Winds on Brighton Road in Foxrock, and to construct the nursing home on the site. The house is not protected and "has no particular architectural quality or interest," according to the planning application.
The location falls within the Foxrock Architectural Conservation Area.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has already approved the development, which has drawn fire from dozens of locals including prominent business people. They've now taken their battle to An Bord Pleanála in the hope of reversing the council's decision.
In giving the nursing home the go-head last month, the Council noted the scheme complies with local zoning objectives and the nursing home building would not be out of character with its vicinity.
But a flurry of appeals have now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala, including one from Reverend John Tanner, the Rector at Tullow Church, which is adjacent to the planned nursing home site.
Reverend Tanner objected along with three other locals in a lengthy submission for which they also had a traffic assessment commissioned.
Other residents in the area who have objected to the plans include hotelier Paul Fitzpatrick, whose Fitzpatrick Lifestyle Hotels group manages the Spencer Hotel in Dublin city centre.
David Haugh, a senior executive with advertising giant WPP, and JJ Culhane, a director of Irish generic drug firm Consilient Health have also objected.