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Council rejects Comer’s planning extension


Property developer Luke Comer. Picture by Patrick Bolger

Property developer Luke Comer. Picture by Patrick Bolger

Property developer Luke Comer. Picture by Patrick Bolger

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has turned property developer Luke Comer’s application to extend the duration of planning permission for a centre of excellence for equine breeding and training to be developed near the Kilternan Hotel.

According to planning documents, Comer, Nijinsky Property Company and agent Rocktop Consulting applied to have the planning permission for the development extended for a period of 48 months, with an expected completion date in August 2025. The planning permission, which An Bord Pleanála approved in 2016, ceases to have effect this year.

The application states development work started last December, having been delayed by Covid-19.

A report by a planning officer for the council said it does not consider that “substantial works were carried out”. It recommended that a decision to refuse the extension of the duration of permission is made.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council subsequently decided to refuse the application.

The Kilternan Hotel and Country Club in south Dublin was bought by the Comer brothers for about €7m in 2014. The hotel was financed to the tune of some €171.5m by Irish Nationwide at the height of the property boom.

Comer did not respond to a request for comment.

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