Friday 21 October 2016

Neil Jordan in planning row with his neighbour

Gordon Deegan

Published 02/01/2016 | 02:30

Director Neil Jordan owns two homes on Sorrento Terrace. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Director Neil Jordan owns two homes on Sorrento Terrace. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Acclaimed movie director Neil Jordan is embroiled in a planning row with his next door neighbour along "millionaires' row" at one of the country's most exclusive addresses, Sorrento Terrace in Dalkey.

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'The Crying Game' director and his wife, Brenda Rawn are long-time residents of Sorrento Terrace, occupying numbers six and seven.

The subject of the planning battle is an enclosed shelter/changing area of 11 square metres and three metres high for bathers. It was built in the rear garden of the Jordans' next door neighbour, Robin Power, at the four-storey number eight.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council opened an enforcement file on the site and last August determined that the development required planning retention.

Alternative Building Solutions applied for planning retention with the consent of owner of the site, Robin Power.

Power, who was born in Cork, is a dentist turned developer who built the St Stephen's Green centre in Dublin in the 1980s. He also teamed up with Donald Trump to revamp the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

In November, the council gave the changing area plan the go-ahead in spite of objections lodged by the neighbours, Mr Jordan and Ms Rawn, along with An Taisce.

However, Mr Jordan and Ms Rawn have not given up in their planning fight and have now appealed the council decision to An Bord Pleanala.

Consultants for the two, Reid Associates, claim there has been a fundamental failure by the applicant for the development to abide by the established rules and guidance for development at Sorrento Terrace.

The submission further claims "that the development has had a material and detrimental effect on the character of the terrace and substantially extends the building line and footprint of development into the coastal landscape zone."

Reid Associates also says the development "would seriously injure the amenities and depreciate the value of property in the vicinity".


But planning consultants retained by Alternative Business Solutions, RPS state that modest design of the shelter/changing room will ensure that the proposal sits comfortably within the overall site.

The consultants claim that the proposal would not be visible from Sorrento Road or adjoining properties due to the extensive existing screening.

A decision is due by An Bord Pleanala in April of this year.

Last year, the most expensive home in Dublin was sold at number two Sorrento Terrace.

A reported €10.5m was paid for the home there.

Irish Independent

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