Sunday 19 November 2017

Ronan's son plans new luxury home

Johnny Ronan’s son wants to build a five-bedroom home. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Johnny Ronan’s son wants to build a five-bedroom home. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

James Ronan, the son of property developer Johnny Ronan, is hoping for planning permission to build a luxury house on the family's estate in Enniskerry.

A planning application has been submitted to Wicklow County Council for the construction of a part two-storey, part three-storey, five-bedroom home.

"The proposed dwelling is based on a Gandon unexecuted neoclassical design of a dwelling," documents submitted to the council said.

James Gandon was the architect who designed the Four Courts, the Custom House and King's Inns.

The file pointed out that there is no planning history on the site, but there have been numerous applications on the family's land.

And it noted in 2010 the council previously refused permission to James Ronan (28) for a split level, three, part four, storey five-bedroom house on the land.

This was because the proposal "would not represent a necessary dwelling" in a landscape zone, designated for outstanding natural beauty.

That decision was appealed to An Bord Pleanála, which refused permission.

According to documents filled as part of the new application last month, James has been a resident in the local area since 1997 and that he grew up and lives in the family home there.

It also pointed out that he attended Blackrock College between approximately 2002 and 2007, with Dargle Cottage remaining his primary residence before attending third level education at DIT.

The site of the proposed development consists of a 24 hectare plot of land, located in the Dargle Valley, close to Enniskerry village. The application has already raised objections from two local residents on the basis that it is not in keeping with the local development plan and the council's commitment to preserve open spaces.

The 75-acre holding on the banks of the River Dargle was bought by Treasury Holdings boss Johnny Ronan (62) in the early 1990s. The current house on the estate, known as Dargle Cottage, was the one-time home of Basil and Valerie Goulding.

Attempts to contact the Ronans were unsuccessful.

Irish Independent

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