Saturday 15 December 2018

Kennedys get five more years to build 400 homes

A company controlled by the family of controversial businessman Jim Kennedy has been given more time to build almost 400 homes on a key north Dublin site after blaming financing and economic difficulties for delays. (stock photo)
A company controlled by the family of controversial businessman Jim Kennedy has been given more time to build almost 400 homes on a key north Dublin site after blaming financing and economic difficulties for delays. (stock photo)

Fearghal O’Connor

A company controlled by the family of controversial businessman Jim Kennedy has been given more time to build almost 400 homes on a key north Dublin site after blaming financing and economic difficulties for delays.

Regents Park Developments' three directors are the former gaming arcade owner's two sons, Patrick and Joseph, and Isle of Man-based wife Antoinette.

Kennedy, who rose to prominence when called to give evidence on the Jackson Way portions of the planning tribunals, and who later sought damages from the Criminal Assets Bureau over the freezing of ownership of lands in Carrickmines, is himself not a director of the company.

The Stapolin site in Baldoyle, close to the new Clongriffin Dart station, has had a long drawn-out planning history since Fingal County Council turned down a €200m project by Regent in 2008 to build 400 units in a mix of houses and 15 apartment blocks of up to eight storeys - a decision then overturned by An Bord Pleanala five years ago.

No work has since commenced on the site but Regents Park has now successfully sought a five-year extension to its planning permission, meaning it now has until May 2023 to complete the entire development.

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