Saturday 21 October 2017

BOD's neighbours claim house revamp will block out sunlight in the back garden

Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman. Photo: PA
Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman. Photo: PA
The house purchased by Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman recently purcheds a home for €1.95m in Rathmines
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman recently purcheds a home for €1.95m in Rathmines

Gordon Deegan

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman's new next-door neighbours believe the couple's planned revamp of their €1.8m dream family home in Rathmines will block out sunlight in their own back garden.

The famous couple last week received a set-back to their plans when neighbours Donald and Isabel Fitzmaurice lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala against the decision of Dublin City Council to give Brian and Amy's project the green light.

They want An Bord Pleanala to refuse planning permission for the extension, or at the very least restrict the extent of the development.

The grounds of appeal can now be revealed for the first time. The appeal, lodged on behalf of the Fitzmaurices by Coda Architects director Brian O'Donnell, states that the scale of the proposed development and its effect in multiple locations to the Fitzmaurice home "will have an adverse impact on the character and amenity" of their property.

The house purchased by Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman
The house purchased by Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman

The revamp of Brian and Amy's home includes a new three-storey rear extension.

The Fitzmaurices live in the adjoining semi-detached house on the exclusive tree-lined Palmerston Road, and Mr O'Donnell said that, in simple terms, the Fitzmaurice property is particularly vulnerable to excessive development on the O'Driscoll/Huberman site.

"Each metre that the proposed development is higher or longer, immediately curtails the light and amenity of the east-facing open space" of the Fitzmaurice property, the appeal states.

Mr O'Donnell claims that the Fitzmaurices have particular concerns regarding the impact that Brian and Amy's plan will have on their back garden.

Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman recently purcheds a home for €1.95m in Rathmines
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman recently purcheds a home for €1.95m in Rathmines

"We consider that the plan will add considerably to the over-shadowing of the rear garden - particular from mid-morning to early afternoon, prime hours for daylight and sunlight," the appeal states.

Mr O'Donnell states that his clients have serious concerns about the way aspects of the development and background have been described and portrayed in the application.

"We submit that the height, deputy and scale of the proposed rear extensions... is a contravention of the city development plan," he states.

Kevin Hughes, of Hughes Planning and Development Consultants, told the council on behalf of the couple that "the proposed alterations have been designed and scaled in a manner that is highly respectful of the special interest and integrity of the protected structure".

A decision is due on the appeal in November.

Herald

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