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Sunday 23 July 2017

Tycoon's son has building appeal rejected

Donal Buckley

Johnny Ronan had adopted a low profile for a number of months after what has been dubbed the 'rumble in Ranelagh'

Bord Pleanala has rejected an appeal from a son of property tycoon Johnny Ronan to build a large house in the beautiful Dargle valley in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

James Ronan, a student at DIT, had appealed to An Bord Pleanala after Wicklow County Council turned down his application for a five-bedroom, 8,700sq ft pad in Enniskerry.

Mr Ronan wanted to construct a pastiche Georgian house, which was similar to his father's house on Burlington Road in Dublin 6, but Bord Pleanala rejected the appeal and agreed with the local authority that the height and scale of the proposed new Dargle house could detract from a 1970s-built cedar lodge Summer House on the grounds which is a proposed protected structure.

Johnny Ronan (52) had adopted a low profile for a number of months this year until the launch of the National Convention Centre last week which he attended with his wife Mary. He was one of the partners in the development of the centre along with Richard Barrett.

A spokesperson for Treasury Holdings said yesterday that he was still on a break from his executive involvement in the running of the company.

The break began after public controversy about his lifestyle at a time when Treasury's loans were in the process of being transferred to NAMA.

That controversy arose from his use of his private jet to fly with former Miss World Rosanna Davison (25) to Morocco for a few days and a verbal row with model Glenda Gilson (29), in what has been dubbed the 'Rumble in Ranelagh'.

James, who held his 21st birthday party in the plush Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt last year, had aimed to construct a massive home with a dining room, a separate bar, a snug and an internal lift in the grounds owned by his father.

In the appeal for permission, planning and development consultants John Spain Associates said that James Ronan qualified for a rural dwelling in accordance with the Wicklow County Development Plan 2004-- 2010 Settlement Strategy.

Residence

"The applicant has strong social ties to the area, having resided in the adjacent family home of Dargle Cottage from 1999 to present," the consultants said.

Local residents had outlined that James was a 21-year-old, third-year student at the Dublin Institute of Technology, unmarried and without his own family and "did not demonstrate that he requires a residence to accommodate 'his own family'."

However, the appeal outlined that this fact should not prevent the planning permission.

"This appeal submits that the fact that the applicant is a student is not a material consideration," the consultants noted.

Bord Pleanala also rejected this and said that it was "not satisfied that the applicant comes within the scope of the rural generated housing need criteria for an addition dwelling within the landholding at this location".

Irish Independent

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